Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Altitude ban provisionally shelved
May 28th, 2008 7AM



[FIFA] The controversial ban on international matches played at high altitude has been provisionally shelved by FIFA's executive committee.

The ban was attacked by Bolivia President Evo Morales, and Conmebol, the South American soccer confederation, asked FIFA to suspend the ban until the end of 2010 World Cup qualifying.

The countries affected were Bolivia and Ecuador. The Bolivian capital of La Paz (located 11,940 feet above sea level) and Ecuador's Quito (9,200 feet).

Morales, a big soccer fan, campaigned effectively to protest the ban. He played in a 15-minute soccer game with local mountaineers at Bolivia's highest Andean peak, Sajama, at an altitude of 19,700 feet, to show it was possible to play soccer at high altitudes.

"Let us reopen the discussion," Blatter told a press conference Tuesday in Sydney, Australia, site of the 2008 FIFA Congress.

Blatter opens to replace the altitude ban with a package regulating "football under extreme conditions" -- including heat, humidity and cold as well as pollution.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Michael Bradley    
"Certainly when you talk about the United States in a bigger way, one of the beautiful ...
Video Pick: Brazilian mascot loses his head     
O Vovo ("Grandpa"), the mascot of Brazilian second division club Ceara, apparently doesn't get that his ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"Jurgen said many times he wants our players to feel pressure. ... Well, the same holds ...
What They're Saying: Roy Keane     
"Yes, why wouldn't he be? He didn’t have the baby. Unless he's breastfeeding he should be ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls stay on top    
Three weeks to go in the MLS season and only four teams have clinched playoff spots. ...
What They're Saying: Chung Mong Joon    
"The true danger is that they are not only sabotaging my candidacy. They are sabotaging FIFA's ...
Thorns confirm Parsons as coach for 2016 NWSL season    
The Portland Timbers have hired 29-year-old Mark Parsons as their new head coach less than a ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"Just personal issues, and when things aren't right there, it makes it tough to go to ...
NASL: Ottawa accomplishes Mission 1    
Ottawa Fury FC clinched its first-ever NASL postseason berth with a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton ...
TV Report: MLS expands into Latin America    
MLS has reached an agreement with Fox Sports Latin America to televise live league matches in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives