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Sam Kerr makes history as the first female and queer person on FIFA’s cover

Kerr graces the global Ultimate Edition cover as the first woman and openly queer person to ever feature

Words: Emily Maskell; pictures: EA Sports

Australian footballer Sam Kerr is making history as the first woman and the first queer player to feature on the global cover of EA Sports’ FIFA football game.

The 28-year-old appears on the FIFA 23 cover beside Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe. The game began in 1993.

“Two phenomenal forces up front. One ultimate strike partnership,” wrote EA Sports in a tweet showing the Ultimate Edition cover.

Celebrating the launch, she posted on Instagram her individual cover image with the caption “From playing as a kid, to being in the game and now on the global cover! It’s a dream come true.”

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With twenty goals in twenty games, the Chelsea striker is the top scorer in the Women’s Super League and won the Golden Boot in 2021-22.

She also went on to win PFA players’ player of the year and Football Writers’ Association (FWA) awards for her 2021-22 campaign.

Kerr came out in August 2021 with an Instagram post that confirmed rumours that she was dating the American football player Kristie Mewis with an image of them kissing.

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This is the thirtieth edition of the video game which has sold an estimated 350 million-plus copies since its launch.

As of 2011, the FIFA franchise has been localised into 18 languages and is available in 51 countries.

The full launch of the game is set for Wednesday (20 July), where more details will be revealed.

The Attitude July/August issue is out now.