New Zealand girls play one-off game on ‘world’s coolest soccer field’

New Zealand girls played a one-off match that will be remembered forever on the “most beautiful soccer field in the world.

A month ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023, which kicks off next month, the girls played a commemorative match on a makeshift field at the foot of Mount Cook in the South Island on Tuesday to showcase the country’s natural beauty, according to New Zealand media outlet 1News.메이저놀이터

Soccer field under Mount Cook, Aoraki
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Mount Cook, officially known as Aoraki Mount Cook, is New Zealand’s highest peak at 3,724 meters above sea level.

Tourism New Zealand has released photos of the match between two teams of girls from local schools and soccer clubs, which was refereed by New Zealand Football Association Referee Development Manager Lindsey Robinson.

“I’m here today to officiate in one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Robinson said, adding that she expects many people to travel to New Zealand for the Women’s World Cup to enjoy the games and the scenery.

The soccer field the girls played on today is 105 meters long and 68 meters wide, and was built by hand over the past six weeks without the use of heavy machinery in accordance with strict environmental and sustainability standards.

Artificial features were minimized to avoid spoiling the landscape, and non-toxic, water-resistant paint was used to mark the lines of the field so that no trace of them remained after the game.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Renee de Monch said the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a great opportunity to showcase New Zealand as a tourist destination to international audiences, with an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world tuning in to watch the games.

Players walk onto the soccer field.
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“New Zealand’s stunning landscapes are the biggest driver for potential visitors in key markets to come to New Zealand for their next vacation,” he said.

Playing in the match, Imi Ivy (8) said it was great to play under Mount Cook, “It was great to be able to see the mountain when we scored and it helped to lift our spirits.”

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and will run for a month, starting on February 20.

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