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TORONTO - Players challenging the use of artificial turf at next years Womens World Cup in Canada are pushing to speak to FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke at the tournament draw in Ottawa later this week. Nike Air Max 95 Outlet Uk .And they want to discuss goal-line technology and prize money at the showcase soccer tournament as well as the playing surface.The lawyer for the players says if they do not get to speak to the FIFA executive, the entire Australian team will join the rebel faction whose legal challenge over artificial turf is currently before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.The players have jumped on Valckes commitment to keeping lines of communication open.We will again welcome open dialogue at the official draw on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, Valcke said in an Oct. 29 article on fifa.com.I personally, will attend (the draw) alongside our pitch expert and medical teams, and I am sure that in this way we will be able to address all concerns and doubts so that all of the participating teams can focus on their preparation for the biggest event in women’s football.A FIFA spokesman subsequently reiterated that Valcke, who will also attend a news conference Friday in Ottawa ahead of Saturdays draw, is willing to talk.The FIFA general secretary is already in contact with players and members associations and will meet with all the team representatives present during his stay on the occasion of the official draw, the spokesperson said in an email to The Canadian Press.Now it appears it is just a question of how.The lawyer representing the players spearheading the legal challenge says stars like American Abby Wambach, Germanys Nadine Angerer, Spains Veronica Boquete, and Brazils Marta cannot be in Ottawa for the draw due to commitments on other continents.They have proposed a conference call Thursday or Sunday.In addition to discussing playing surfaces and goal-line technology, FIFA and CSA (Canadian Soccer Association) can also address any questions the players have about the prize money available for the womens tournament, lawyer Hampton Dellinger wrote in a letter Monday.It is the players hope that these issues can be satisfactorily addressed so that legal action is no longer necessary. However, should the pending case need to go forward, the entire Australian women’s team is prepared to join the over 60 players already participating.The players also offered to add broadcasters and any others you would like to invite including a mediator on the call. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not scheduled to attend Saturdays draw.The 2015 tournament, to be played from June 6 to July 5 in Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, is to be played exclusively on artificial turf. FIFA argues that the use of the surface is permitted as long as it meets standards and that turf makes sense in the Canadian climate.The women argue in their challenge that making them play on an artificial surface — second-class competition conditions — is discriminatory because the men play their showcase tournament on natural grass.It could well be that sooner rather than later the men’s World Cup will also be played on artificial pitches, Valcke responded in the Oct. 29 article. So far the Human Rights Tribunal has rejected the players request for an expedited hearing, offering early mediation instead. The players accepted but the offer was turned down by the Canadian Soccer Association, which doubles as the national organizing committee for the tournament.The legal team representing the players has tried to expand the debate by bringing in other aspects of the womens tournament that differ from those at the mens World Cup to bolster its discrimination argument.The issue of tournament prize money is the latest to be added to the list.The mens World Cup is FIFAs cash cow.The 32-team tournament in Brazil featured total prize money of US$476 million with Germany receiving $35 million as winner. Teams that did not make it past the group stage each received $8 million.Participating associations also got $1.5 million apiece to help prepare.The total purse of the 2011 womens tournament was $7.6 million with the winning Japan side collecting $1,075,000. Each of the 16 teams received at least $325,000.The 2007 edition of the Womens World Cup was the first to feature prize money.FIFA has yet to confirm whether goal-line technology, used in Brazil, will feature in next years womens event, which will number 24 teams.---Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Air Max 95 Uk Sale . And I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences gained through International competition and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Seven NHL referees and six linesmen will be assigned upcoming games in Sochi by the IIHF as part of their 28-man officiating roster comprised of 14 refs and 14 linesmen. Cheap Air Max 95 Uk . Next up is another showdown with Michigan. 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After a promising start under Tortorella, the Canucks finished the year with a 36-35-11 record for 83 points. Vancouver managed just 13 wins in 41 games since Jan. 1 and settled for a 25th-place finish in the overall standings. The poor showing has already cost Mike Gillis his job as president and general manager. New president Trevor Linden -- the Canucks former captain -- still must decide Tortorellas fate. The two were scheduled to meet later Monday. Centre Ryan Kesler, who was the subject of trade rumours this year, said the players have to take responsibility for the season. "Were all flabbergasted right now," said Kesler, who led Vancouver with 25 goals. "Going into this year I would never think we would be sitting here in this situation." The Canucks ended their season with a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames last Sunday but the victory was soured by an ugly incident late in the second period. Daniel Sedin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit from behind by Calgarys Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to hospital and later released. After the hit, Sedin lay crumpled on the ice and couldnt raise his head. "I was scared," he said at Mondays season-ending news conference. "I tried to lift my head at first and couldnt get it off the ice. "The only thing I thought was lay still. I tried to move my hands and it felt good. I went to the hospital and everything looks good. I feel OK today." Tortorella said fans and management cant keep reminiscing about the Canucks loss in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, but instead must concentrate on making the team better again. "Were not in 2011," said the man hired last year to replace the fired Alain Vigneault. "We have to stop talking about 2011. "The core needs to change." Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said the team was "really good" until hhalfway through the season when injuries became a problem. Air Max 95 Wholesale Uk. Both Sedins, Alex Burrows and defenceman Chris Tanev all missed a significant number of games with injuries. "You never want to use injuries (as an excuse but) we had a tough year," said Henrik. "We had guys playing out of position. We had guys playing more minutes than they were used to. "We had to play a different way and we werent able to win playing that way." Tortorella said during this period he made a coaching mistake by giving the room to the players. "I didnt get back in the room and continue to teach the details," he said. "I didnt stay on top of it. "I needed to be pounding away at the details. I think that hurt us in situational play. I think that hurt us in trying to understand how you change momentum. Thats not the team, thats me. Thats my biggest regret." A lack of scoring haunted Vancouver all season. The Canucks managed just 196 goals, leaving them tied for second fewest in the league. 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