NWSL criticized as match relegated to aggressively small field

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A match between the Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League on Saturday night was played at Frontier Field, a baseball stadium in Rochester N.Y., that could hold a pitch just 100 yards long and 58 yards wide according to match announcers

FourFourTwo USA reporter Jeff Kassouf noted that league regulations mandate a pitch that is at least 70 yards wide, but that an exception was given for this match because no other venue could be found. Nearby Rhinos Stadium, a larger field, was booked for a 90s throwback concert.

The minimum width required by FIFA is 50 yards. 

Prominent American women’s soccer players like Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan called this “embarrassing” and “unacceptable,” and tweeted at the league’s commissioner.

Here’s video of the match, to get a better sense of the size of the field.

A league spokesman told Kassouf that other options were explored.

The U.S. women’s soccer team has been pressuring the U.S. Soccer Federation for pay equal to what the country’s male players make.

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