'FIFA 17' Update: Iceland National Team Not Included, Says EA Didn't Want To Pay

It's time to get excited for FIFA 17, unless you're a fan of the Iceland national team EA

FIFA 17 may be the most complete soccer game to date, but there's one glaring omission to this year's entry: the Iceland national team. Despite knocking England out of this year's Euro 2016 tournament and being ranked 27th in the world, representatives from KSI, or the Icelandic national team, says EA didn't want to pay the big bucks for licensing.

"They are the ones buying these rights and they almost want it for free," KSI president Geir Thorsteinsson told BBC. "The performance at the Euros show that we are quite a good team and many would like to play with our team. It's sad for the players - but the criticism should be towards EA Sports."

EA approached KSI with a $15,000 offer. This was rejected and an undisclosed counter offer was proposed by the Icelanders. This counter offer was apparently also rejected, this time by EA. "I really feel if we are giving away rights, or offering rights, it has to be proper negotiations and fair fees," Thorsteinsson said. "I didn't feel that this was done in a fair and open manner." It's unknown at this point what other countries have been offered to secure licensing.

There are 47 international men's teams in FIFA 17. While the obvious choices of England, USA, France and Brazil are included, less-successful teams also made this year's cut. The lowest ranked team in FIFA 17 is India, who sit in 148th place in the rankings.

If you want to know more about FIFA 17, the list of leagues and teams have been revealed. These leagues include the Premiere League, La Liga, Bundesliga and MLS.

FIFA 17 releases on Sept. 27 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

So what do you think? Are you sad to know Iceland will not be represented in FIFA 17? What teams do you hope do make the cut this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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