As you soccer ladies know, there has been concern with FIFA's decision to use artificial turf for the 2015 Women's World Cup. Many professional players representing their countries have voiced their negative opinions about using this inferior surface for the games. In July, a lawsuit was threatened but the players wanted to give FIFA time to respond before going through with it. Unfortunately, the organization didn't back down and continued their plan to use turf for the six fields to be played on (not cool). This month the lawsuit has officially been filed by over 50 leading women's soccer players from around the world, including USWNT's Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Heather O'Reilly, Germany's Nadine Angerer (current FIFA World Player of the year AKA a BOSS), Brazil's Marta, Spain's Veronica Boquete and France's Camille Abily.
Not only are women soccer players against artificial turf, but other celebrities on social media have been joining the cause with growing support. For instance legendary Tom Hanks, basketball stars Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant and soccer US goalkeeper Tim Howard (add grass fields to the list of #ThingsTimHowardCanSave) have voiced their support on Twitter.
Most soccer players can agree that nothing is better than playing on a well-groomed, freshly cut, green grass field. Turf may be easier for FIFA due to maintenance and pricing but this is no excuse (You blow your nose with dollar bills FIFA, c'mon). Artificial fields have caused injury rates to increase dramatically (can you say ACL-tear-city) and let's not forget the horrific turf burns from slide tackling, falling or diving headers. Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by turf (of course all of you have). The field can also reach extremely hot temperatures (No joke, we have had the bottoms of our cleats get to the point of melting). How is THAT going to go well while the women are playing the World Cup in the blazing hot sun? LMK.
Not to mention that the men's World Cup is confirmed to continue to be played on grass up until 2022. So let me get this straight...because we have boobs we are going to be the guinea pigs for FIFA to try out artificial turf? I don't think female soccer players ever nominated themselves as tributes. Imagine if FIFA made the men play on artificial turf? There would be a REVOLUTION with some crying tears and you KNOW IT.
We are hoping that FIFA sees why deciding that the 2015 Women's World Cup will be played on artificial turf is a gender inequality issue that is discriminating, demeaning and dangerous (Not even just for women, but for men as well if they have to play on it one day). Let's continue to fight for grass to be used for the Women's World Cup! FIFA we aren't backing down, it's your move.
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