Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup records fewest injuries per match in almost a decade

FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup records fewest injuries per match in almost a decade
August 26, 2015

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 techology 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).

In relation to heat concerns, assessed as wet-bulb globe temperatures (WBGT), as occurred at the Men’s World Cup 2014 in Brazil and in the USA in 1994, FIFA permitted cooling down/drinking breaks as needed during Women’s World Cup 2015 matches when the heat stress threshold was surpassed.

This development was implemented, in part, out of concerns that the artificial turf would cause on-field temperatures to increase. FIFA’s Medical Committee recommended this stoppage in play whenever the Temperature index reached or exceeded 32 degrees Celsius.

No cooling breaks were needed in Canada compared to one stoppage in Brazil and numerous stoppages in the USA.

The WBGT index, an effective way to assess heat stress, provides a composite temperature used to estimate the effect of actual temperature, humidity, wind speed and radiant heat on players.

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.

Click here to view the report FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Canada Technical Report and Statistics.

7th July 2015 - MATILDAS SUCCESS SET TO BOOST GROWTH IN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL IN AUSTRALIA

27th June 2015 - MATILDAS CONDEMN SURFACE HEAT OF FIFA 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TURF

13th June 2014 - TURF BURNS AND SURFACE HEAT AFFECT PLAYERS AT FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

30th April 2015 - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP STARS END ‘TURF WAR’ WITH FIFA

23rd March 2015 - FOOTBALL NSW UNVEILS REFURBISED VALENTINE SPORTS PARK 

20th January 2015 - TURF AUSTRALIA WARNS COUNCILS AGAINST ‘FAKING IT’ FOR SPORTING GROUNDS 

31st August 2011 - NEW THINKING ON ARTIFICIAL TURF SOLUTIONS 


Asking a small favour

We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Les Mills Asia Pacific

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

AEROBIC MICROPHONES AUSTRALIA

Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology

 
 

RHINOPLAY

Rhinoplay offers playground equipment in Australia that is safe, durable, and most importantly fun! We specialise in creating unique indoor playgrounds for play centres and outdoor playgrounds for…

read more

Parks / Play / Surfaces

 
 

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business