Mia Hamm calls for FIFA to play women’s World Cup on natural grass

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By Cindy Boren October 13

Mia Hamm is the latest to call for FIFA to reconsider its decision to play the women’s World Cup matches next summer in Canada on artificial turf.

“It’s their biggest tournament,” Hamm, who played on two World Cup-winning squads in addition to winning two Olympic gold medals, told Insideworldoffootball.com. “I would love for them to play on natural grass.”

Led by Abby Wambach and Nadine Angerer, a group of U.S. players has filed a lawsuit in Ontario against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association, claiming gender discrimination because the men’s tournament is held on natural grass.

Hamm said she understands, but “for this tournament you hope, you know, FIFA potentially could invest in and figure out a safe and better alternative. … I totally understand why they have it in that area of the world…I get it. I just…this is an opportunity to hopefully you know FIFA steps in and does the right thing and this isn’t something worth talking about.”

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