Published September 22, 2016
Shortly after news broke that EA Sports would not include Iceland in FIFA 17, the company initiated informal talks with the Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ) about the possibility of including both the Icelandic men’s and women’s national teams in FIFA 18.
KSÍ director Geir Þorsteinsson told Viðskiptablaðið that KSÍ received an email from EA Sports yesterday morning on the matter.
“The larger point is that we have begun discussions today after the storm yesterday,” Geir told reporters. “We have focused on having a constructive discussion about Iceland’s participation in FIFA 18, which comes out next year. We requested that not just the men’s team but the women’s team also be included, and received a positive response. The discussions are moving forward in a friendly manner, and things are being discussed in a natural and healthy way.”
Actual monetary figures are not being discussed at this stage, but EA Sports originally offered a reportedly very low sum for Iceland’s inclusion in FIFA 17.
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.