FIFA is king when it comes to the extensive world of soccer, but how much do you actually know about this athletic association? For soccer fanatics and newbies alike, we have found all of the surprising facts that everyone will want to know about this governing body! All you have to do to discover everything you are missing out on is read on! Don’t forget to come back soon for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things that you definitely didn’t know about FIFA!
Number Fifteen: The Cover Stars
FIFA has been known to host the most renowned and successful soccer stars on their cover, of which Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale are the most notable today. This tradition of associating themselves with the world’s most famous soccer athletes started as early as 1993, with the legendary David Platt.
Number Fourteen: The Biggest Launch
In the realm of video gaming, FIFA has made strides in reaching fans. The entire brand of these athletic video games has broken records since its debut in 1993. The 12th edition holds the title of the fastest-selling sports game in history, and the 13th edition knocked it out of the park with the biggest game launch among any sports video game in history.
Number Thirteen: The Mass Profit
Since it emerged in 1993, this particular franchise has made over $6 billion in profits. This financial success has gained the association the title of the biggest-selling franchise in the history of EA.
Number Twelve: The Original Name
Before this franchise gained the name that we have come to know and love today, the line of games was initially to be titled “EA Soccer”. In an effort to generate further success on a global scale, the games were renamed to “FIFA International Soccer”.
Number Eleven: The First Game
The roots of this highly-successful game are based primarily from the creators’ inspiration from the 1994 World Cup. This tournament was held in the United States, and the game featured the three teams who qualified for the cup in real life: Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.
Number Ten: Ladies Enter the Field
Throughout the extensive history of the game, no woman or women’s soccer team has ever been featured in the FIFA games. However, this tradition is currently under reform thanks to the success of the England Women’s team in the World Cup Qualifier. In response, a petition has been created requesting that female additions be made to future editions.
Number Nine: FIFA Over Facebook
Recently, it has officially been announced that the fan base of this franchise has surpassed records previously set by Facebook. I has been reported that fans of this sports game spend an average of eleven more minutes per day playing the video game than they spend on Facebook. Don’t forget to come back soon for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things that you definitely didn’t know about FIFA!