Gareth Bale and company will look to keep the ball on the carpet against Andorra as they start their qualification campaign for Euro 2016.
The game will take place at Andorra’s National Stadium, which recently laid down a 3G artificial surface. “3G” is a qualification that UEFA determines for allowing matches to be played on artificial field turf. UEFA has cleared the turf in Andorra and the match will be played as scheduled.
While most athletes prefer playing on natural grass, Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale said he is focused on the game, not the pitch.
“Certain players and people don’t like it and that’s normal. But we have a job to do and when you’re playing for your country, no matter where the game is or what it’s played on, we’re going to give 100 per cent and try to win the game.”
The debate over field turf has long been a topic of discussion. While artificial turf has taken over most U.S. high schools and colleges, most European fields are still natural grass. Many coaches and players oppose using the artificial surface because they believe more it is more dangerous and can lead to injury. However, UEFA has made it clear that matches can be played as long as the turf meets the “3G” requirements.
Grass, turf or asphalt, Wales will look to earn three points over a weak Andorra side that sits at 199th in the FIFA Rankings. With a squad that includes Gareth Bale, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey, Wales will look to qualify for their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup. Andorra is a must-win game, as the Welsh will face tough competition in Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina later on during qualifying.