I understand why they’re doing it. I can also understand the timing, based on the theory that they wanted to piggyback on the wake of the men’s World Cup/not have to compete with it for air time. Based on their statement, the injury they want to sue over is straight up gender discrimination and I think that’s a fair assessment.
On the other hand, my question is more about damages. Generally speaking, when you bring a lawsuit you need to be able to tell the court what you’d like if you win the case. So I’m interested in seeing what they propose as a remedy should this lawsuit go forward. Move to another venue? Rip up turf and put down sod? Put grass over the turf? Play the tournament as is but demand some kind of financial recompense? (Which would be very hard to measure, I think - what exactly is the value of a match on grass over a match on turf in dollars?)
So I applaud efforts to bring attention to this issue. I think they’re absolutely 100% correct FIFA wouldn’t dream of having a major men’s tourney on mostly turf. FIFA’s reasoning that they’re trying to transition to a turf game is just bullshit until they actually do it on the men’s side as well and it sends a bad message when THE women’s tournament is the “guinea pig” for it. But I’m just worried that there is no practical remedy because it’s too late. If this issue had been raised right after Canada announced the venues, I would worry less.
Still, I suppose if the lawsuit goes nowhere but now everyone is talking about the turf issue and gender discrimination, that’s not the worst outcome.