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FIFA U17 World Cup: India gets first hybrid football pitch, FIFA installs grass at Goa stadium for U-17 Women’s World Cup

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FIFA U17 World Cup: India hybrid football ground – FIFA worked with the Goa government to give India its first hybrid…

FIFA U17 World Cup: India hybrid soccer pitch- FIFA worked with the Goa government to provide India with its first hybrid pitch, which will be used for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Goa will be India’s first state to get a hybrid pitch. The International Football Committee met all the costs of the project and brought in experts from England to carry out the project. Follow FIFA U17 World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

FIFA U17 World Cup: India gets first hybrid football pitch, FIFA installs grass at Goa stadium for U-17 Women’s World Cup

Thomas Alcock of SIS grass, who has completed projects like these across the globe, brought his crew and a special machine brought in from Holland via a container to facilitate this project. Speaking to ANI, Thomas spoke about the uses and benefits of using hybrid pitch.

“It improves safety in the field and makes it possible to use it for several hours. With the FIFA tournament coming up, it is the perfect solution to allow you to play many matches safely on one stadium pitch,” said Thomas.

Thomas acknowledged that this is the first of its kind installation in India and his maiden project in India.

“Yes, this is the first hybrid installation in India. We have installed it in countries all over the world, but this is the first in India,” said Thomas.

“We manufacture it ourselves in the Netherlands. We transport it here in a container. It comes onto the field and we lay down a polyethylene net to a depth of 180 mm at 2 cm intervals. That’s what reinforces the field,” explained Thomas.
Thomas shed light on the work he does year round and mentioned the previous work he had done which was quite impressive.

FIFA U17 World Cup: India gets first hybrid football pitch, FIFA installs grass at Goa stadium for U-17 Women’s World Cup

“We do about 50 pitches a year around the world. UK, Italy, France, Spain and now India. Costa Rica also for FIFA, Qatar also for FIFA, USA, Mexico, China and Japan everywhere. We have a partner in India here, which is Abhay over here. So we are looking to do more in India. We have a machine that is capable of doing the same process as this on a cricket field as well as football,” said Thomas.

Explaining the work that goes into reinforcing the pitch and the length of time it takes to make a pitch hybrid, the Englishman added: “We’re really privileged to be here, good to be here. Proud to be part of this project. Very nice the stadium, the pitch is good and will get better with what we do to the ground. It’s usually a 10-day process that goes 24 hours in two 12-hour shifts.”

Nandini Arora, FIFA Project Director was at the stadium overseeing the work to ensure everything is in place for the marquee event. Speaking to ANI, the official marked India getting its first hybrid pitch as a remarkable achievement.

“India’s first ever hybrid pitch being installed by FIFA at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa. This will be a lasting legacy for the first ever FIFA women’s tournament to be held in India. A matter of pride for us that it happens here. We have the maximum number of matches in Goa so we wanted the pitch to be sustainable and stronger so this is one of the reasons. We are looking forward to good matches now,” said Arora.

FIFA U17 World Cup: India gets first hybrid football pitch, FIFA installs grass at Goa stadium for U-17 Women’s World Cup

Nandini also spoke about football’s strong connection with Goa and the popularity it has among the citizens of Goa and mentioned that Goa’s connection with football is old.

“So basically football and Goa go back a long way. Looking at the popularity of football in Goa, naturally we wanted Goa to be a part of this Women’s U17 World Cup. Since we have the maximum number of matches in Goa, we would we would like more people to trust the pitch. There are back-to-back matches if you look at the schedule, so the idea was to reinforce this hybrid pitch in Goa, so even though we have so many matches, there are no problems. FIFA suggested and the Goa government supported it and here we are, Arora said, thanking the state government.

Former AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey and General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran on Thursday met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to discuss Bhubaneswar’s preparation as one of the venues for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

The Indian team will play all their group matches at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. The host nation have been drawn in Group A alongside Brazil, Morocco and the United States. The other two venues for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India 2022 are Goa and Navi Mumbai.

India is focused on the growth of women’s football and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India 2022 will accelerate its progress as the nation prepares for its biggest football carnival. With the best players in the U-17 category from around the world heading to India from October 11 to October 30, the people of the nation will have a chance to experience a very high level of competitive football.

FIFA U17 World Cup: India gets first hybrid football pitch, FIFA installs grass at Goa stadium for U-17 Women’s World Cup

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