FIFA will not allow artificial fields at 2023 Women’s World Cup
According to an article by Rob Harris from AP Global on thenewstribune.com, FIFA will only allow natural grass fields at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The stipulation is contained in requirements sent to bidding nations and follows controversy over the use of artificial turf at the 2015 tournament in Canada.
Some players launched a gender discrimination case —which was later withdrawn — over FIFA’s use of turf four years ago because men’s World Cup games have always been on grass. They claimed the artificial surface is less forgiving than grass and impacts the game because of concerns over injury. They also claimed balls travel and bounce differently on artificial turf. FIFA said it wanted the same surface in every stadium.