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Work on Training Venues Advancing Rapidly

These 17 training venues will be at Bisini, Sir John Guise, Murray Barracks, University Secondary School, Gordons Secondary School, Port Moresby National High School and Port Moresby International School.

FIFA Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said work has started and the first task was to clear the top soil and the drainage system on the fields.

“Once they have cleared the top soil and the drainage systems we will put in pipes and the pop-up sprinkling system, followed by the final top soil for the grass to be planted,” Marten explained.

He said LOC has engaged Porohu Engineering who are working tirelessly to ensure that the training fields meet the requirements set by FIFA.

“The quality of the training pitch is just as important as the stadium pitch. That is why for each training venue we will have two change rooms built. However, the field dimensions are standard – 110 metres in length and 72 metres in width,” he said.

Mr Martens said by preparing the training venues we are not only complying with our obligations to FIFA and providing competitors with the training facilities they need to prepare for the matches during the tournament- but we are also establishing a long-term legacy for the sport in the country.

He said after the World Cup, other sporting codes, schools and ordinary football enthusiasts will continue to benefit from these high-quality pitches.

Story courtesy of FIFA LOC Media & Communication

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