Next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf despite threats of legal action from several top international players, an unmoved FIFA executive said after touring one of the host venues on Tuesday.
While FIFA remains adamant the tournament will proceed as planned a group of players is equally determined that the event will be staged on grass, claiming FIFA is discriminating against women by having the tournament on artificial turf. With players threatening a lawsuit if forced to play on artificial pitches, resolute FIFA officials were unfazed as they began site inspections of the six Canadian venues that will host the June 6-July 5 competition.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup for men in Brazil was played on grass and there are no plans to shift future men’s tournaments to artificial turf.
Some professional football leagues and some FIFA World Cup age-group matches are played on artificial turf.
The FIFA delegation toured a 24,000-seat stadium that is home to the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks, walking out onto the field to get a close look at the playing surface while the team practiced.
Source: Author – Ethan Cavenaugh
Article – Briefly.today
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