A group of about 40 female soccer players from around the world retained legal counsel this week to send a letter to the Canadian Soccer Association and world governing body FIFA over the use of artificial turf fields in next year’s Women’s World Cup, alleging that it is “a second class surface” that represents “gender discrimination that violates European charters and numerous provisions of Canadian law, including human rights codes and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
According to Soccerly’s Equalizer (via the Washington Post), copies of the letter, organized by American law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP and Canadian firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, were sent to CSA and FIFA last week. Both organizations have since confirmed receipt of the letter, but neither offered an official response.
Meanwhile, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, speaking on Monday ahead of the of the U20 Women’s World Cup (currently underway in Canada), said the technology for the grass replacement surface FieldTurf, in particular, has come a long way and represents the “future” of the sport. He indicated that coaches and players complaining about it would simply have to get used to it.