New Zealand has the world’s first soccer turf, with the country hosting its opening match on Friday against South Africa.
The game is being broadcast live on the official Facebook page of New Zealand’s Rugby League Super League, and will be followed by the country’s first-ever World Cup match, against the United States on July 2.
New Zealand fans will be able to enjoy a “game-changing experience” thanks to its unique turf, according to the Rugby League League Super Leagues’ Facebook page.
We are thrilled to finally be able bring that to the New Zealand football field.” “
For years now, the Rugby league community has been asking us to add a soccer surface to the game, and we’ve always had our eye on the world class soccer field of New England.
We are thrilled to finally be able bring that to the New Zealand football field.”
A team of 20 players and 10 coaches will play on the new turf, which is “designed to withstand the pressure of a World Cup” with “a high level of protection from wind and weather”.
The team will play their home games at The Oval in Wellington, the home of the New England Patriots.
A team member said it would be “an incredible experience”.
“We have been playing on New Zealand grass for years and we’re all looking forward to playing on the very best turf in the country.”
New Zealand is also set to host a World Football Cup in the coming months, which will be played in Brazil from August 25-27.
The World Cup is expected to be played on the same field as Rugby League, which has been played on grass since 1999.