The FIFA 16 demo is here - this is how you play

Those anticipating the release of the next big video game based on the world's most popular sport, soccer (football if you're outside the US), are in for a treat: the demo for EA Sports' FIFA 16 should be available later today for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Those in New Zealand can get to downloading now, while those in North America might need to wait until later in the day, with exact times varying based on console and region of the world.

To see if the FIFA 16 demo is available, gamers just need to log in on their console of choice and visit its online marketplace for new games. The file size is much greater for the newer consoles, coming in at around 4GB or more on the PS4 and Xbox One, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 demo is under 2GB.

The official release for FIFA 16 is scheduled for September 22nd on the same five platforms as the demo. A big feature of this year's entry is that it makes women's national teams available to players for the very first time. While the full game will feature 12, the demo is limited to 2, USA and Germany, along with a number of men's teams including FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea FC, and the Seattle Sounders.

While the game is set to introduce a number of new features and gameplay modes to the series, including better teammate coordination, an in-depth FIFA trainer, and the FIFA Ultimate Team Draft, there are some innovations that had to be removed from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions due to console limitations. These include match lobbies, the use of custom music and chants, and the FIFA Interactive World Cup.