FIFA World Cup 2010
Artificial Turf in Africa
Final games for the FIFA World Cup 2010 took place between 11th June and 11th July. It was the 19th FIFA World Cup tournament and the first which was hosted by an African nation. 64 matches are played in the tournament which consists of 32 teams split across 8 groups.
The world had their eyes on one of the biggest international tournaments ever to grace the world stage. As a FIFA Preferred Producer and a fan of the game, GreenFields watched the tournament action closely and saw some great football action!
Three African nations placed bids to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After a round of voting, FIFA President Joseph Blatter announced the winning bid on 15th May 2004 in Zurich – South Africa received fourteen votes; Morocco received ten votes and Egypt received no votes. South Africa was thus awarded the rights to host the tournament.
The host cities for South Africa were Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Nelson Mandela Bay, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg and Tshwane. Several matches of the FIFA World Cup 2010 were played in each city with the final match being held at Soccer City in Soweto, Johannesburg. Soccer City is the largest stadium in South Africa with a capacity of 91,141. It was built in 1989 and renovated in 2009 at a cost of $440,000,000 USD. The final game of the tournament will be one to remember!
FIFA World Cup 2010 – Groups
After the South Africa bid was accepted, FIFA turned its attention to the African people and the sustained development of football across the continent. As part of the “Win in Africa with Africa” project, the FIFA executive committee determined that an international quality football pitch should be provided for each of the 52 African countries (with the exception of South Africa). Artificial turf (FIFA Football Turf) was selected as the playing surface.
This colossal project started on 15th May 2004 and continued up until the qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. “Win in Africa with Africa” was allocated a budget of 70 million dollars and is intended to “develop the game”, “touch the world” and “build a better future”.
As a FIFA Preferred Producer, GreenFields were delighted to supply and install many of the artificial turf for football fields across the continent. Each of these football fields for the “Win in Africa with Africa” program have been certified by FIFA as suitable for international match play. African football is sure to go from strength to strength now that each country has a world class playing surface.