Although Kerr is the first female player to appear on the cover of the game’s global edition, she is not the first woman on a FIFA game cover as a whole.
Female players have appeared in regional editions of the popular game, with the USWNT’s Alex Morgan and Canada’s Christine Sinclair alongside Lionel Messi in their respective countries. Australian Steph Catley on the cover of the domestic version of FIFA 16.
Kerr joined Chelsea in 2019, playing a key role in helping the club win three successive Women’s Super League titles since.
The 28-year-old won the Golden Boot last season with 20 goals in 20 league appearances, leading the club to a domestic double with the league title and an FA Cup win.
She was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Player of the Year for her performances.
Kerr made his international debut for Australia aged 15. She is now the captain of the current Matildas team.
She is the first Australian, male or female, to score a hat-trick at a World Cup as she tallied five goals in all at the 2019 World Cup in France.
Kerr has scored 56 goals in 108 appearances for the Australian national team.
For France’s World Cup winner Mbappé, this is the third consecutive year he has featured on the cover, having appeared in 2021 and 2022.