A WIN FOR SYNTHETIC FOOTBALL FIELDS • FIFA 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP RECORDS THE LEAST INJURIES IN ALMOST A DECADE
Australian Sports and Leisure Management recently posted an article on the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup which recorded the least injuries per match in almost a decade.
The article read:
“While leading international women´s footballers led a campaign against the use of artificial turf for the recent 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada, the technical study on the competition from world football´s governing body has reported that “there was no significant difference regarding injuries sustained there and those on grass at previous editions.”
The first ever FIFA World Cup held on artificial turf, the surface technology was in the spotlight throughout the tournament. However, FIFA´s 232-page Technical Report and Statistics refuted concerns that the artificial turf surface would result in injuries.
The study complied information from team doctors who were asked to report all injuries incurred by their players during each match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The report, released six weeks after the United States defeated Japan in the final, showed that the overall injury rate was 2.1 injuries per match – lower than the overall injury rate at both the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cups, both of which were played on grass.
The 2.1% injury rate also was equal to or lower than injury rates during women’s football at the previous four Olympic Games (which were all played on grass). ”
The article continued: “In terms of fan experience, the turf didn’t appear to bother fans either, as more than 1.35 million spectators attended matches at the six Canadian venues, and record-breaking television audiences tuned into coverage in 188 territories – confirming that World Cup is the world’s largest women’s single-sport event.”
Great to see the sporting bodies, like FIFA, supporting artificial sports surfaces, leading the way to the future.