FIFA Defends Decision to Use Synthetic Turf in the 2015 Women’s World Cup
The decision has been made by FIFA that for the 2015 Women’s World Cup they will be playing on a synthetic surface and many players are in uproar and have started their protests.
FIFA defends their decision however insisting that Canada had the best bid but 40 players have signed a petition and threatened legal action if games are not played on real grass as would be in the Men’s World Cup.
Moya Dodd, an Australian, who was voted onto FIFA’s Executive Committee in 2013, said: “Certainly, the World Cup is being played in the country with the best bid.”
Dodd told BBC Sport: “Of course I have sympathy with players who want to play in the best conditions.
“But the important thing is to ensure that the tournament will be played in the best facilities available.”
Already the petition is causing quite a stir; the 2012 and 2013 FIFA Players of the Year have signed, Abby Wambach of the US and Germany’s Nadine Angerer. In addition to these former England captain Faye White and current England players Natasha Dowie and Anita Asante have added to the signatures.
Lawyers who are now representing these Women have accused FIFA and World Cup organisers of discrimination against them. Further investigation has also shown that potentially players were misled into also believing that if there was significant opposition to artificial pitches then traditional playing surfaces would be provided.
There are however, many advantages to having artificial sports surfacing and in today’s society it actually looks and feels very much like natural grass. What is great about artificial sports surfacing is that it can be played on at all times meaning that weather conditions will not affect game play.
3G sports pitches are environmentally friendly too as there is no requirement to water them or even maintain them much. Without the need for mowing and any weed removal then it means there are limited CO2 emissions and pesticides required.
What will happen with the Women’s World Cup and FIFA we do not know however, one thing is certain! We do not think this is the last we will hear on the matter!