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FIFA 16: Breaking Down Regional Covers and Newest Features

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:32:41 PM America/Los_Angeles

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is again the face of the FIFA video game series. He will appear on the cover of the game for the fourth year in a row, but he'll have some company.


There's a total of eight regional covers set to be available withFIFA 16 when the game releases on Sept. 22 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For the first time, women will be represented in the game.   

Because of this, they will be on three of the eight covers, including the cover of the United States version. Here's a look at three of the covers:

Here's a list of the stars who will appear on the cover with Messi in their respective regions:


FIFA 16 Cover Stars and Regions
Country/Region Stars
United States Alex Morgan
Canada Christine Sinclair
UK and Ireland Jordan Henderson
Australia Stephanie Catley and Tim Cahill
Mexico Marco Fabian
France Antoine Griezmann
Latin America Juan Cuadrado
Japan Shinji Kagawa

FIFA will introduce an exciting new game mode to its feature set this year called FIFA Ultimate Team Draft. It's similar to Draft Champions inMadden 16. Gamers are charged with building a squad of five players at each position from the entire Ultimate Team database.

Your team will compete in four matches on or offline to win a reward. As you progress, the rewards will grow. It's a cool way to get the best players in the FUT universe in the hands of gamers who may not have acquired the Messis and Cristiano Ronaldos of the world through traditional Ultimate Team play.

It's also a quick-play option that could become addictive.

Here's how EA Sports described it:

Experience an all-new way to play FIFA with FUT Draft. Build out a squad by choosing one of five players in each position from the entire Ultimate Team database, and compete in up to four consecutive games to earn rewards along the way.


Soccer is a team game, but much of the appeal is still about the stars.FIFA apparently understands that and has expended the time, effort and resources to accurately scan in more than 450 new starheads, perEA Sports.

The newly scanned players span the globe, gender and even different eras. The official website for the game says: "In addition to BarclaysPremier League players and athletes from Women's National Teams, we have also captured the likeness of some FUT Legends, and players from the major clubs in Spain and other leagues around the world."   

With the new additions, gamers can look forward to seeing the likenesses of almost every major star of the sport.


New Stadiums

There are 78 total stadiums available in FIFA 16. Of those, 50 are licensed, and nine of them are new to the series. Per EA Sports, here's a list of them with the new ones labeled:

Stadium New
Argentine Primera Division  
La Bombonera - Boca Juniors  
El Monumental - River Plate New
Barclays Premier League  
Anfield - Liverpool FC  
Boleyn Ground - West Ham United  
Britannia Stadium - Stoke City  
Carrow Road - Norwich City New
Emirates Stadium - Arsenal  
Etihad Stadium - Manchester City  
Goodison Park - Everton  
King Power Stadium - Leicester City  
Liberty Stadium - Swansea City  
Old Trafford - Manchester United  
Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace  
St James' Park - Newcastle United  
St Mary's Stadium - Southampton  
Stadium of Light - Sunderland  
Stamford Bridge - Chelsea FC  
The Hawthorns - West Bromwich Albion  
Vicarage Road - Watford New
Vitality Stadium - Bournemouth New
Villa Park - Aston Villa  
White Hart Lane - Tottenham Hotspur  
English Championship  
Loftus Road - Queens Park Rangers  
The KC Stadium - Hull City  
Turf Moor - Burnley  
English League Two  
Fratton Park - Portsmouth New
Allianz Arena - Bayern Munich, TSV 1860 Munchen  
Borussia Park - Borussia Monchengladbach New
Volksparkstadion - Hamburger SV  
Olympiastadion - Hertha BSC  
Signal Iduna Park - Borussia Dortmund  
Veltins-Arena - FC Schalke 04  
Amsterdam Arena – Ajax  
International Stadium  
Wembley Stadium – England  
La Liga  
Camp Nou - FC Barcelona  
Estadio Vicente Calderon - Atletico de Madrid  
Mestalla - Valencia  
Santiago Bernabéu - Real Madrid  
Liga MX  
Estadio Azteca - Club America  
Ligue 1  
Parc des Princes - Paris Saint-Germain  
Stade Gerland - Olympique Lyonnais  
Stade Velodrome - Olympique de Marseille New
Major League Soccer  
BC Place Stadium - Vancouver Whitecaps  
CenturyLink Field - Seattle Sounders FC New
Serie A  
Juventus Stadium - Juventus  
San Siro/Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - AC Milan, Inter  
Stadio Olimpico - Lazio, Roma  
Saudi Abdul Latif Jameel League  
King Abdullah Sports City - Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli New
King Fahd International Stadium - Al Hilal, Al Nassr, Al Shabab  
Rest of the World  
Donbass Arena - Shakhtar Donetsk  
Generic Stadiums  
Al Jayeed Stadium  
Aloha Park  
Arena del Centenario  
Arena d'Oro  
Court Lane  
Crown Lane  
Eastpoint Arena  
El Grandioso  
El Libertador  
Estadio de las Artes  
Estadio El Medio  
Estadio Presidente G.Lopes  
Euro Park  
Forest Park Stadium  
Ivy Lane  
Molton Road  
O Dromo  
Sanderson Park  
Stade Municipal  
Stadio Classico  
Stadion 23. Maj  
Stadion Europa  
Stadion Hanguk  
Stadion Neder  
Stadion Olympik  
Town Park  
Union Park Stadium  

Of the new stadiums included, the one that looks the most stunning is Stade Velodrome (Olympique de MarseilleLigue 1). It looks regal and modern. TheSPORTbible on Twitter agreed:

To see a list of all of the new features in FIFA 16 check out Also be sure to check back with Bleacher Report on Sept. 22 for a full review.

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Brian Mazique