It may be a small change, but many have hailed it as a groundbreaking moment for the women’s game and inclusivity in the sport more generally.
Benzina making history is particularly important since many countries and football federations, including France and the French Football Federation, have banned the wearing of the hijab in football for female players.
On social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), many celebrated Benzina’s “impact” on the sport and how it has quickly been replicated on FIFA.
Women’s football account, SHE Scores Bangers, celebrated the update, writing: “On Wednesday, EA Sports announced the addition of Nouhaila Benzina on FIFA 23 as she was previously not in the World Cup mode
“Her impact on the big stage has already reached the biggest simulation game in the sport.”
One fan commented: “Representation matters. If you can see her, you can be her!”
“This is incredible,” wrote another person. “Benzina is making history in more ways than one!”
Someone else said: “This is so cool.”
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