WOMEN’S football has been added to Football Manager – with Chelsea boss Emma Hayes set to feature in the 2019 edition.
Hayes, 42, will become the first British female manager to feature in the smash-hit series, with the latest edition out next week.
Football Manager 2019 has already been released on beta for those who pre-ordered, with many spotting Hayes’ long-overdue inclusion.
The Blues boss has led her side to two Women’s Super League titles in her illustrious career, having taken charge in 2012, as the women’s game continues to flourish.
On top of her league success, Hayes has also won the WSL Spring Series, the Women’s FA Cup (twice) and even led Chelsea to the Women’s Champions League.
During the 2017-18 season, the Blues even threatened to win Europe’s elite competition – only to lose in the semi-finals to Wolfsburg.
Star-studded Lyon went on to lift the famous trophy for a fifth time, led by the likes of Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry.
Prior to taking over at Chelsea, Hayes was in charge of Chicago Red Stars in the USA, following a two-year stint as Arsenal assistant.
On Hayes’ addition to Football Manager 2019, Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson revealed the reason.
Jacobson said: “We think it’s only a matter of time before there is a female coach in the top divisions in the UK and Emma’s record speaks for itself.
“There are already lots of male coaches who work in the women’s game in the Football Manager database.
“But this is the first time we’ve added in a British female coach, and look forward to adding more in the future as they come through.”
Football Manager are well-known for their innovative thinking, having added Brexit (2017) and footballers coming out as gay (2018) in recent years.
But as yet there is not the ability to manage women’s teams in the game – with Jacobson revealing they don’t have the resources to stretch that far… yet.
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He added: “We’d love to add women’s football but at the moment, unfortunately, it’s just not financially viable.
“When we do it, we’ll do it properly, which means a lot of match engine work, particularly graphically and needing to redo thousands of animations via motion capture due to the differences in body shapes, plus a lot more besides.”
Women’s football has already been introduced into the gaming world, having featured on the last few FIFA releases, with Kim Hunter taking on the role of one of three protagonists in FIFA 19’s “The Journey”.
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