Emma Hayes hopes WSL chiefs and golf equipment can deal with frozen turf issues collectively


EMMA HAYES insists WSL chiefs and golf equipment ought to come collectively to discover a resolution to stop the chaos of frozen pitches halting video games.

The Chelsea boss advised an environmentally pleasant possibility may very well be a part of the reply to an issue that goes past occasions on the Blues floor on Sunday.


Emma Hayes says stopping frozen pitches from disrupting fixtures is a matter for the WSL as an entire to contemplateCredit score: PA
Hayes' Chelsea side are due to face Tottenham away in a Conti Cup quarter-final fixture on Wednesday evening


Hayes’ Chelsea facet are as a consequence of face Tottenham away in a Conti Cup quarter-final fixture on Wednesday nightCredit score: Reuters
Tottenham say an inspection of their pitch will take place on Wednesday afternoon to determine if the game will go ahead


Tottenham say an inspection of their pitch will happen on Wednesday afternoon to find out if the sport will go forward

Hayes, whose gamers are as a consequence of go to Brisbane Highway tomorrow night for a Conti Cup quarters duel with Tottenham, was talking two days after the postponement of her workforce’s WSL conflict with Liverpool. 

The Blues’ match at Kingsmeadow was certainly one of three prime tier video games shelved as a consequence of icy pitches and participant security issues.

Tottenham’s duel with Leicester was additionally postponed together with Brighton’s Sunday night time recreation in opposition to Arsenal. 

Spurs confirmed a pitch test will likely be performed on Wednesday afternoon on the floor they share with League Two males’s facet Leyton Orient. 

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In an replace shared through their website, the membership mentioned: “The pitch inspection will happen at 2:00 pm on Wednesday.

“A ultimate choice on whether or not the match could be performed will likely be made shortly after.

“We will communicate the outcome of the inspection with supporters as soon as the match official has made the decision via the club website and social media channels.”

Hayes, 46, has been in dialog with Chelsea’s homeowners in regard to frozen turf points which noticed the Blues’ conflict in opposition to Liverpool known as off after six minutes. 

She mentioned: “I’ve spoken with our homeowners about it they usually share the identical imaginative and prescient and the identical concepts that I do across the girls’s recreation.

“This isn’t about Chelsea, that is about girls’s soccer being in a spot the place we’re working onerous to construct a fan base, construct a enterprise and to construct all of these issues.

“That is about making certain each match occurs and possibly that is one thing the league as an entire has to contemplate. 

That is a few session with the FA and golf equipment to make sure that these fixtures occur. It ought to be  non-negotiable.

“Cancelling video games has a detrimental influence on our sport.

“No matter it takes to make sure that followers who’re travelling up and down the nation are usually not having a recreation cancelled six minutes in, is one thing we must always all work in direction of.

“Undersoil heating – which somebody fairly rightly identified – isn’t precisely environmentally pleasant.  

“An environmentally pleasant possibility for soccer pitches in an excellent world, in order that we will play within the prime division, is what I believe we must always anticipate.

“Let’s hope we can work towards that.”

Arsenal say a pitch inspection is because of be carried out at their Meadow Park residence at noon Wednesday earlier than their league cup duel with Aston Villa on Thursday night time. 

The membership said a call on whether or not the sport would go forward will likely be taken instantly after the inspection. 

A pitch inspection will take place at lunchtime on Wednesday at the ground Arsenal share with Boreham Wood before their Conti Cup match against Aston Villa


A pitch inspection will happen at lunchtime on Wednesday on the floor Arsenal share with Boreham Wooden earlier than their Conti Cup match in opposition to Aston VillaCredit score: PA

Nonetheless Arsenal mentioned that it could not be doable for the match to be moved to the Emirates as a consequence of “essential pitch maintenance” work. 

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When requested what contingency may very well be put in place within the occasion of a WSL facet having a frozen pitch and no entry to their males’s workforce floor, Hayes added: “Possibly we reschedule winter video games in stadiums that we all know have undersoil heating for instance.

“Possibly that may very well be the following step. 

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