FIFA just can’t seem to avoid bad press at the minute and now it seems a court case is on the horizon, as 60 female football players are suing them for discrimination.
This time it seems they actually haven’t done anything wrong, you may want to read that line again. That’s right FIFA may be in the clear on this one.
The Women’s World Cup is due to take place in Canada in June 2015, where all the pitches are astroturf instead of natural grass.
Artificial headache for FIFA
Why is it like that? Well, because they suffer terrible winters and so sport doesn’t come to a complete hault artificial surfaces are used so football amongst other sports can be played during the winter months.
Artificial surfaces are used in many countries around the world, they are used in Scotland, Russia, France and Switzerland and have become increasingly more common thanks to significant improvements in quality.
Is this a true case of discrimination?
The women that are suing FIFA feel that they are being discriminated against as in the men’s game no World Cup match has taken place on an artificial surface.
The problem here is mainly to do with the publicity of the game. Men’s football is a global sport and many nations want to bring the World Cup to their country.
Unfortunately the women’s game doesn’t bring that appeal to many nations, yet. In fact only two nations bided to host the 2015 World Cup.
Zimbabwe were not given the tournament on the basis of they have never qualified for a World Cup before and with the social and political unrest it wouldn’t be wise to host it in Zimbabwe.
So by default Canada won the rights to host the tournament. Should FIFA tell them to rip up their artificial pitches and lay natural grass in an area of the world where the weather can wreak havoc in sport?
The women’s game should be on the same level as the men’s but unfortunately at the moment that isn’t the case.
When only two nations want to hold a Women’s World Cup the issue isn’t ‘FIFA are discriminating’ it’s a question of raising the profile of the game so more nations want to host the tournament.