U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach is known for her diving headers, but she won’t be executing any of that signature move in the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. For the first time, artificial turf will be used, rather than grass. Artificial turf poses significant risks of injury to players. Some soccer players have equated it to playing on concrete.
It’s probably not even necessary to note that artificial turf has never been used for major men’s soccer tournaments. “It’s a gender issue through and through,” Wambach told the New York Times.
Wambach, along with other players from around the world, have signed petitions and recently sent a letter to FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association mentioning a possibility of legal action if the decision to use artificial turf is not reversed.
“For Wambach, celebrations usually mean a sprint to the corner flag and a double knee slide in the grass,” Juliet Macur wrote for the New York Times. “But not on turf.”
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W. T. F. Honestly?!? Why are people who make these decisions (FIFA) all male anyway, it would be nice to have some adequate representation at the level where decisions are being made for women. And we deserve the same good conditions!