Last week, FIFA announced the location of the women’s 2015 World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. B.C. Place Stadium contains 55,000 seats and a retractable roof that will help maximize the amount of fans that come to the game. While this may seem like a smart choice by FIFA, there is only one problem: the field is artificial turf.
This is the first time a championship game will ever be played on turf and the members and fans of the USWNT are in an uproar on Twitter.
Wambach, the ringleader of the Twitter protest, believes turf changes the nature of the game. Not only are players more injury-prone on turf, but they lose their consistency changing from grass to turf. Wambach has even mentioned petitioning FIFA:
Other players, both current and former, have backed Wambach in her efforts to sort the issue.
Michelle Akers, former USWNT legend replied, “Do it!!! That’s how we got women’s soccer into the Olympics. We petitioned the hell out of USOC. Let me know how I can help.”
The battle for grass in the women’s 2015 World Cup is just under way but there is plenty of time to pull out the victory. One thing is for sure, these women are not going down without a fight.