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

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USA's Road to Russia begins in St. Louis    
The USA will open 2018 World Cup qualifying Nov. 13 against the winner of the series ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I always thought if I was in that position I would kind of keep my cool ...
Drogba and Gilberto: A tale of two DPs    
Chicago didn't get its top choice but it did upgrade its attack by signing Gilberto, using ...
MLS Power Rankings: Big win pushes FCD into top spot    
There's a new leader in Soccer America's MLS Power Rankings after a big win by FC ...
Player Ratings: USA reaches new low in Klinsmann era    
Of the 16 matches the USA has played at competitive tournaments in the Jurgen Klinsmann era, ...
European draw for 2018 World Cup produces enticing groups    
A group with former World Cup champions Spain and Italy and another with Netherlands, France and ...
What They're Saying: Mauricio Pochettino    
"[MLS All-Stars coach] Pablo [Mastroeni] and I share something. Pablo is Argentine like me, same nationality.  ...
Tottenham manager loves challenge of playing in altitude    
For many of Tottenham's players, playing at altitude, even in the Mile-High City of Denver at ...
Three-time gold-medalist Boxx will retire after USA's fall tour    
Shannon Boxx, who won three Olympic gold medals to go along with her Women's World Cup ...
Washington Spirit Reserves claim first W-League title    
The Washington Spirit Reserves got two goals from Chilean Yanara Aedo Munoz -- including the game-winner ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives