EA Sports was keen on having Iceland represented in FIFA 17, but the company did not offer an amount considered acceptable to the Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ).
KSÍ director Geir Þorsteinsson told Nútíminn that EA Sports and KSÍ could not reach an agreement on the exact amount KSÍ should be compensated for, and so the deal fell through. As such, Iceland will not be in FIFA for the time being.
Geir added, however, that this is the first time in many years that a video game company approached Iceland and wanted them to take part.
Although FIFA enthusiasts will have to wait in order to play as the Icelandic team, there is one element of Iceland included in FIFA 17 – namely, the so-called “viking clap”, a term that is actually a misnomer as it originated amongst fans of the Scottish football team Motherwell.