World Cup qualifying sites?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by JYDA, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. JYDA

    JYDA Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    It'll still be a little chilly up here for the first round of eliminations next year. Where will the games be played?? Edmonton (caribbeans aren't used to the cold), possibly use one of the field turf stadiums?? Anyone know?
     
  2. Canadian_Supporter

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    Dec 20, 1999
    Prostějov, CR
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    I suppose it all depends if FIFA approves fieldturf for WCQ matches. I know they have approved the surface for friendly matches, but I don't know about WCQ. Perhaps someone can clarify?

    Well, I would imagine Ottawa and Montreal (both fieldturf) could be used for WCQ matches. I have heard that Ottawa could get one or two WCQ games next year.

    Vancouver might get another chance to host a WCQ. I do believe it has been a few years. Perhaps we will see Victoria? Especially in the first round of WCQ.

    I believe Winnipeg no longer has a proper stadium? I can't remember if the soccer complex was torn down or not?

    Edmonton will probably get a few games in the spring/summer.
     
  3. JYDA

    JYDA Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    Winnipeg's CFL stadium has field turf. In fact, Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton has field turf as well.
     
  4. Canadian_Supporter

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    Dec 20, 1999
    Prostějov, CR
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    Actually, I believe both Winnipeg and Hamilton have a different version of fieldturf (astroplay or some thing like that). FIFA has only approved fieldturf (insert trademark symbol here).
     
  5. DoyleG

    DoyleG Moderator
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    FC Edmonton
    Canada
    Jan 11, 2002
    Victoria, BC
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    FC Edmonton
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    The problem with Winnipeg and Hamilton is that the new fields have permanent lines.
     
  6. Canadian_Supporter

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    Dec 20, 1999
    Prostějov, CR
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    True, but I still don't think FIFA has approved Astroplay® (turf at Ivor Wynne).

    From what I have read, Fieldturf® is the only non grass surface approved by FIFA.
     
  7. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Approved artificial surface sites

    First ever FIFA final on artificial turf
    http://www.fifa.com/en/display/mrel,68954.html

    Quote: "A number of matches have already been played on artificial turf, including Caribbean qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup(tm). Such matches are certain to increase in regularity in the future, particularly as at its meeting on 15 March 2003, the International Football Association Board confirmed its support for the use of artificial turf and mandated FIFA to create universal guidelines for the use of such surfaces."

    FIFA Quality Concept page
    http://www.fifa.com/en/development/quality/index.html

    FIFA hosts second roundtable on artificial turf
    http://www.fifa.com/en/display/article,70667.html

    FIFA Recommended Installations
    http://www.fifa.com/en/development/quality/instalations.html

    Then scanning the Concacaf listings (not listing the ones that are small fields with basically no seating):

    Frank Clair Stadium
    COUNTRY: Canada
    CITY: Ottawa
    CLUB (or other use):Frank Clair Stadium
    PRODUCT: FTOS 1S
    MANUFACTURER: FieldTurf
    FIFA RECOMMENDED: from 17 December 2002 to 16 December 2005
    PITCH SIZE (m): 67m X 139m (9313m2)

    Molson Stadium
    COUNTRY: Canada
    CITY: Montréal (McGill University)
    CLUB (or other use): Multi - use
    PRODUCT: FTOS 1F
    MANUFACTURER: FieldTurf
    FIFA RECOMMENDED: from 4 September 2003 to 3 September 2006
    PITCH SIZE (m): 144m x 69m = 9936m2

    Parc de Kent
    COUNTRY: Canada
    CITY: Montreal
    CLUB (or other use): Municipal Facility
    PRODUCT: Prestige 60
    MANUFACTURER: Tarkett Sommer
    FIFA RECOMMENDED: from 30 October 2001 to 29 October 2004
    PITCH SIZE (m): 110 x 74 m
    (note: picture shows some bleacher seating, but not much)

    (f.y.i.) From the Laws of the Game:

    Dimensions
    Length: minimum 90 m (100 yds), maximum 120 m (130 yds)
    Width: minimum 45 m (50 yds), maximum 90 m (100 yds)

    International Matches
    Length: minimum 100 m (110 yds), maximum 110 m (120 yds)
    Width: minimum 64 m (70 yds), maximum 75 m (80 yds)

    From the recommendation on new stadium contruction:

    Playing field:
    - for all matches at top professional level, it is recommended that the dimensions of the playing field should be 105 x 68 m
    - for all matches in the final competition of the FIFA World Cup(tm) and the final competitions of confederation championships throughout the world, only the dimensions of 105 x 68 m are acceptable
    Any stadium in which major international games or final ties of domestic competitions are played should have the dimensions quoted herein.
     
  8. Canadian_Supporter

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    Dec 20, 1999
    Prostějov, CR
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    Well, it looks like Canada could be hosting a WCQ game as early as January. If this happens, I am sure Vancouver or Victoria will host. Although I wouldn't mind a game being held in Ottawa.... but January might be a little too cold. :)
     
  9. JYDA

    JYDA Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    Ottawa would be a good spot if it's against a Caribbean team. they'd probably forfeit rather than play.....
     
  10. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    Club:
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Don't forget the Jamaican bobsled team ;)
     
  11. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
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    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In all seriousness, I don't understand why they're going to fieldturf. If the weather determines that the field is going to suck, so be it. Some of the Caribbean teams have paltry fields, but I'd rather play on that. Fieldturf makes the ball bounce unnaturally.
     
  12. JYDA

    JYDA Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    In that case let's just play in Edmonton and freeze their Jamaican butts off!!
     

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