FIFA producer David Rutter has confirmed that EA Sports currently has no plans to include female football players in the FIFA series.

Speaking to CVG, Rutter said "We get literally thousands upon thousands of suggestions from our fans for new features and we have to evaluate those suggestions, such as the inclusion of female players in the game, against our resources, priorities and overall fan feedback. At present, we don't have plans to include female players in the game."

After the massively successful women's international Olympic tournament at London 2012, a petition has been set up by to encourage EA Sports to include women's football in FIFA. The US based petition, where women's soccer is very popular, states "The US Department of State says that over 40% of soccer players in the US are girls".

The petition continues, "Young girls can't be portrayed by male video game characters. We want them to be able see themselves in the games they love, as the soccer players that inspire them.

"Don't restrict our choices to Messi, Rooney, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Allow girls and boys to play with Wambach, Sawa, Morgan, Cristiane, Miyama, Rapinoe, Marta, Hope Solo, Mia Hamm, Birgit Prinz."

FIFA 13 launches on September 25 in the US and September 28 in Europe.