Former Arsenal and England defender, Alex Scott, has confirmed that she will be the first English-speaking, female broadcaster to feature in the FIFA videogame franchise.
A graduate of the PFA’s BA Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting course at Staffordshire University, Alex has become a trailblazer for female football broadcasting. After becoming the first female commentator for the BBC’s Men’s World Cup coverage in 2018, she joined Sky Sports’ Super Sunday as their first female pundit later that year.
This summer, Alex was a pundit during the BBC’s Euro 2020 coverage and is currently part of their presenting team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She was recently announced as Dan Walker’s replacement on Football Focus and will co-commentate on FIFA22 alongside fellow former Arsenal player, Stewart Robson, who replaces Lee Dixon.
Alex announced the news of her FIFA22 debut on her Instagram page, saying, “Happy to finally share the news that I joined the FIFA family and will be commentating for #FIFA22! This is a big moment for FIFA, for football and for women and girls across the world. It's also a big moment for me personally and professionally. It's an honour to be part of the FIFA gaming institution, alongside some of my brilliant presenting colleagues.
Whilst I am the first English-speaking, female broadcaster to feature in FIFA, I will certainly not be the last. I know this is just the start of stronger female footballing representation from @easportsfifa and the football community as a whole.”
PFA Director of Women's Football Marie-Christine Bouchier said, "The PFA has been pushing for female punditry inclusion in videogames since 2017, so I’m delighted to see this historic moment, which represents real progress for the women's game. We're proud to have played a part in Alex's post-football career, and it has been wonderful to watch as she opens doors for her peers and those who come after her. The PFA will always continue pushing for female representation across football, and we look forward to seeing more tangible, off-pitch footballing opportunities for women and girls."
EA Sports Brand Vice-President, David Jackson, added, “Alex is an inspirational voice in the world of football, as she continues to evolve her talent from the pitch to the studio. Authenticity and immersion are at the core of what makes FIFA special, so we're thrilled to include Alex's experience and insight in FIFA 22 as part of our English Language commentary team."
FIFA22 will be released in October.