FIFA World Cup on Artificial Grass
by RimaAlha on February 8, 2015 - 3:23pm
In September 2014, FIFA announced that the Women's World Cup would be held on artificial turf, a statement that leaded to some controversy. In fact, 40 women soccer players declared that they would fill a lawsuit for gender discrimination to have some equality with males. "They would never in a heartbeat think of putting anything less than grass for the men," Carrie Serwetnyk, former Canadian player said. "They'd protest. It would be a scandal" (News, CBC par.9). On the other side, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani denied the issue and considered it as misinformation.
I am a soccer player. Not a professional one, far from it, but I play since I am 11. This post made me frown, considering the evident sexism displayed by the FIFA. I never understood why it is so difficult for men to accept us in this game. Each time my female friends and I play with new soccer players, it is always the same reaction at first: no one is taking us seriously. Without any bad intention, male players shout more encouragements to girls, tell them what to do and act essentially as mentors, which is pretty unpleasant. Holding a World Cup on artificial turf is the same thing. The FIFA is explicitly taking women less seriously than men. Such discrimination should not be acceptable, especially at a professional level.
Thus, some players filled a complaint against the FIFA. However, the association threatened them of suspension and forced them to abandon the gender discrimination lawsuit in the end of January. At least, the complainants’ efforts will not be vain and the World Cup’s final will be on real grass (Westhead par.9). It is a small step, but it will help us going forward in our quest for gender equality.
News, CBC. "FIFA Women's World Cup: Gender Discrimation Allegations Dog Promotional Efforts." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 05 Sept. 2014. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.
Westhead, Rick. "Players Drop Women's World Cup Turf Discrimination Case." TSN. TSN, 21 Jan. 2015. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.