Alexia Putellas is FIFA 23’s top rated female player… eclipsing the game’s cover star Sam Kerr, who is the best WSL player as women’s club teams become playable for the first time
- Alexia Putellas has a FIFA rating of 92, making her the game’s best female player
- The Barcelona star beats FIFA 23 cover star, Chelsea striker Sam Kerr, on 91
- Kerr is the WSL’s best player as women’s club teams become playable at last
- Surprise omissions from the top 25 include most expensive player Keira Walsh
Alexia Putellas is the highest rated female footballer on the incoming FIFA 23 game – eclipsing the game’s co-cover star, Sam Kerr, and other contemporary greats.
Whilst Putellas’s Barcelona are not part of the in-game universe, she is the game’s most talented player with a 92 score, because of her involvement with the Spanish National Team.
FIFA 23 – the last in the long-running pairing between football’s leading global body and EA Sports – will be the first to feature women’s club teams from England and France. The latest installment includes full authentic headscanning of all Women’s Super League teams from the top-flight in England and D1 Feminine sides across the Channel.
Alexia Putellas is the highest rated female footballer on the incoming FIFA 23 video game
Striker Sam Kerr is the highest rated WSL player amid the first inclusion of women’s clubs
Kerr, who shares the cover with PSG Men’s Kylian Mbappe, is just behind the 28-year-old with a rating of 91, making the Chelsea goalscorer the best player in the WSL.
Also on 91 is Olympique Lyonnais duo Wendie Renard and Ada Hegerberg, ahead of four players on 90, including America’s Alex Morgan, and England’s Lucy Bronze.
However, there are a number of surprise omissions from the top 25. There is no room for Lionesses hero Keira Walsh, who Barcelona recently signed for £400,000, breaking the world transfer record for a female player.
Pernille Harder, the previous holder of that record, is also just outside the top 25, with a rating of 87 placing her alongside Man City’s Lauren Hemp and Chelsea teammate Millie Bright.
The official WSL Twitter account posted a graphic which showed the top players in the league, with Kerr ahead of Arsenal trio Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead and captain Kim Little.
Australian Kerr is one of three players on 91, alongside Wendie Renard and Ada Hegerberg
Chelsea make up half the top ten, with Fran Kirby and Guro Reiten joining Kerr, Bright and Harder in the list. Four Arsenal players are listed, including their goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.
Other highlighted players included Aston Villa’s striker Alisha Lehmann and Man City’s Chloe Kelly, who are both on 82, and Leicester’s Abbie McManus on 77.
Updates to the game include HyperMotion2 animation, which is set to make female players move more realistically than they have done previously in the FIFA universe.
A post-launch update to the game will include the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which takes place next July and August in Australia and New Zealand. Other updates are expected in the coming months.
FIFA 23 is released globally on September 30, for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia, PS4, and Xbox One.
Kerr, right, features on the cover of FIFA 23, alongside PSG’s male player Kylian Mbappe
The top 25 female players in FIFA 23
1. Alexia Putellas, 92 – Spain Women’s National Team
2. Sam Kerr, 91 – Chelsea
3. Wendie Renard, 91 – Olympique Lyonnais
4. Ada Hegerberg, 91 – Olympique Lyonnais
5. Marie-Antoinette Katoto, 90 – Paris Saint-Germain
6. Lucy Bronze, 90 – England Women’s National Team
7. Alex Morgan, 90 – United States Women’s National Team
8. Caroline Graham Hansen, 90 – Norway Women’s National Team
9. Christiane Endler, 89 – Olympique Lyonnais
10. Vivianne Miedema, 89 – Arsenal
11. Beth Mead, 88 – Arsenal
12. Kadidiatou Diani, 88 – Paris Saint-Germain
13. Mapi León, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
14. Irene Paredes, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
15. Jenni Hermoso, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
16. Alexandra Popp, 88 – Germany Women’s National Team
17. Sandra Paños, 88 – Spain Women’s National Team
18. Amandine Henry, 88 – Olympique Lyonnais
19. Kim Little, 88 – Arsenal
20. Lina Magull, 87 – Germany Women’s National Team
21. Lauren Hemp, 87 – Manchester City
22. Grace Geyoro, 87 – Paris Saint-Germain
23. Ashley Lawrence, 87 – Paris Saint-Germain
24. Millie Bright, 87 – Chelsea
25. Lieke Martens, 87 – Paris Saint-Germain
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