Morning guys. I hope you remember today that if you slip up you can restart your day at any time. You don’t have to wait til the next day to start over. Just sit down, breathe for a few minutes, and start again.
I like this. I really like this.
Reading this everyday for the weeks to come.
sometimes i’ll have loads of money and then other times i’ll be awake
With the decision to hold the FIFA [Fédération Internationale de Football Association] Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 soccer tournament on artificial turf as opposed to natural grass, CSA [Candian Soccer Agency] and FIFA have failed to abide by their own rules and have engaged in discrimination against female players.
Notwithstanding their rhetoric decrying gender discrimination, CSA and FIFA propose that next summer’s World Cup–the preeminent event in women’s soccer–take place on literally unequal playing fields. Instead of the natural grass surfaces on which all prior men’s and women’s World Cups have been played, and that are already slated to be used for the 2018 and 2022 men’s tournaments, CSA and FIFA have directed that the upcoming women’s tournament be played on artificial turf. This inequity will occur throughout the World Cup and will culminate when the final is played at a site whose artificial turf has been widely criticized as substandard.
CSA and FIFA’s decision to hold the tournament on artificial turf is inherently discriminatory and injures an elite group
of female athletes in three significant ways: (1) by forcing them to compete on a surface that fundamentally alters the way the game is played, (2) by subjecting them to unique and serious risks of injury, and (3) by devaluing their dignity, state of mind and self-respect as a result of requiring them to play on a second-class surface before tens of thousands of stadium spectators and a global broadcast audience.
Draft brief to be filed in a Canadian court
Abby Wambach, Nadine Angerer, Alex Morgan, and more than a dozen other top female soccer players plan to file a lawsuit next week if FIFA does not abandon the plan to hold the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf.
ESPN published a draft of the lawsuit, excerpted above. The brief alleges that holding the tournament on turf rather than grass is gender discrimination, in violation of Canadian law. The brief includes several photos of abrasions suffered by soccer players competing on artificial turf.
Five of the stadiums that are slated to host the Women’s World Cup already had artificial turf. One was converted from grass to turf. Installing grass at all six stadiums would cost an estimated three to six million dollars.
The lawsuit will be filed next week unless FIFA agrees to immediate discussions with the players. Hampton Dellinger, counsel to the athletes, sent the draft brief to FIFA and CSA officials, along with a letter in which he urged FIFA and CSA to demonstrate that they are truly sensitive to women’s rights.