"…To play on natural grass is exquisite, especially when it has been manicured for an international match. The feel and touch of the ball rolling and bouncing takes on a much more velvety texture. The ground is more giving on the legs and slide tackles are not a form of self-inflicted torture….It does make a difference. It does matter….We are setting a tone that women are still not important enough. The CSA is using the Women’s World Cup as a launching pad to host the men’s World Cup in 2026. With all due respect, there is no way that any men’s national team would agree to play on a turf surface — we all know it. It just wouldn’t happen."