Matildas legend and national treasure Sam Kerr has gone and bloody done it — she’s just become the first woman to make the global cover of FIFA 23.
While some women have graced local covers before — our very own Steph Catley, who also plays for the Matildas, featured on the Aussie FIFA 16 cover — no female has ever gone global. Sam will appear on every cover of the Ultimate Edition produced around the world. Alongside her is French striker, Kylian Mbappé, who has landed the cover for the third time.
Just look at her go!!!
Two phenomenal forces up front.
One ultimate strike partnership.
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) July 18, 2022
If you have a keen eye, you might have noticed that Sam is sadly not showing off our green and gold in the artwork. That’s not how FIFA works, my dudes. Sam is a striker for Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League, so she’s repping that blue jersey for the cover. For the first time in FIFA history, you’ll be able to play as part of a women’s club. So, you better believe you can rep the same jersey as Sam — or any club jersey from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League or Division 1 Arkema for that matter. We love to see it!
As if we couldn’t be fawning over Aussie royalty enough right now, more local legends have entered the chat: beloved athletes Tim Cahill, Hayley Raso, Erin Phillips and John Aloisi have all shared tributes to Sam. Keep those eyes peeled in the video for our boy, presenter and national heartthrob Tony Armstrong as he congratulates Sam too…
Here’s what some other Aussie sporting legends have to say about this historical moment! 🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/aJYxuHejU8
— EA SPORTS FIFA ANZ (@EASPORTSFIFAANZ) July 22, 2022
The drop of the FIFA 23 cover is a nice little tease for the game, which is set to be released in September. To keep you going until then, a trailer for the game has just dropped today. Get a load of this:
Honestly, it’s rare that I get patriotic but I’m about to go and smash a meat pie in Sam’s honour. Sam for PM!Image: FIFA 23 / Getty