For the umpteenth time, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (known popularly as CONCACAF) yet again finds itself absent from EA Sports' upcoming edition of its FIFA franchise.
While FIFA 13 will feature a number of real-life and fictional tournaments and cups of varying importance, the bi-annual CONCACAF Gold Cup will not be represented in any version the game. This is despite the fact that FIFA 13 Line Producer Matt Prior has expressed a desire to have the cup included
"We would obviously love to [include CONCACAF]," claimed Prior. "It's not like we don't want to give those teams to users."
Prior isn't alone in his view.
"Even people in the development team are screaming for this stuff," FIFA 12 Line Producer David Rutter told News10 during E3 2012.
It seems, however, that there is a very good reason as to why CONCACAF has not been included in any version of FIFA: Licensing.
"I believe the licence for that is owned by another company," explained Prior. "So, we can't actually choose to include that."
CONCACAF represents 40 different countries including USA, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, and Haiti.
In the latest Gold Cup tournament, Mexico bested the United States with a 4-2 score in front of a crowd 93,000 strong.