FIFA gives blessing to Greenland's new soccer venue

Greenland now has its own soccer venue.

Joseph S. Blatter, the president of FIFA, soccer’s governing body, arrived in Greenland yesterday and inaugurated Greenland’s first artificial field. The venue was built on the initiative of the Danish Football Association (DBU) and financed by the FIFA Goal programme. The filed is in Qaqortoq, a town with 3,500 inhabitants in the south of Greenland.

It was Blatter’s first-ever visit to the largest island in the world, which is politically self-governing and an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark. 

“I am overwhelmed by the warmth of this welcome,” said Blatter. “I had been intending to come to Greenland for a long time now, and I’m so pleased that I have finally made it. The country and the culture here are absolutely fascinating.”

Greenland has a population of 56,328. The country is not a member of FIFA nor of any continental confederation and therefore its team The Polar Teddy Bears, is not eligible to enter the World Cup or other sanctioned tournaments. However, FIFA’s approval of the country’s new venue which is surfaced with with FieldTurf may allow Greenland to create FIFA-standard playing pitches and apply to play full internationals. 

Most of Greenland’s games have been played against the Faroe Islands and Iceland. The team has also played Tibet.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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