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2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Under Pressure Over Artificial Pitches

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A group of international female football stars has retained two top law firms, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP in the USA and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt in Canada, and are threatening legal action over the decision to play the next Women’s World Cup on what they call a "second-class surface" that they say causes more injuries and "degrades the women’s game."

Canada is due to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 6th June to 5th July 2015, with games in Edmonton, Montreal, Moncton, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. All the scheduled games would be played on artificial pitches. Special criticism has been made about the surface at the Vancouver B.C. Place Stadium, which the complaining player's have described as akin to "playing on concrete."