UNO soccer field earns FIFA 2-star certification
June 25th, 2014
Omaha, NE – As recent World Cup TV ratings will show, the game of soccer is on the rise here in the States.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/0625-FINAL.mp3]
And Maverick head coach Jason Mims said seeing the U.S. national soccer team play a match on the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s campus is a real possibility. UNOâ€™s AL F. Caniglia Field, has been recognized with a FIFA 2-Star certification. Only three other soccer fields in the United States have a two-star ranking.
Mims said this opens a lot of doors for UNO, nationally and around the world. FIFA inspects all fields across the world that are up to inspection standards.
â€œFIFA will inspect the top fields in the world,â€ Mims said. â€œBasically a FIFA certified field is great, a one-star certification is even better. There arenâ€™t many teams that can say they have a one-star certification. So for UNO to get a two-star FIFA certified field, I think we are one of just a few fields in North America who have that.â€
Mims said UNO is ahead of the curve in the U.S. as their artificial turf contains more than the run of the mill soccer pitch. Typical American fields contain rubber from recycled tires. UNO also utilizes sand, coconut and cork, which are more typical of a European pitch.
Mims said as exciting as gaining the FIFA 2-star certification is, he is just as eager to begin the upcoming season. UNOâ€™s schedule was recently finalized and released, and it includes such soccer heavy weights as UCLA and Stanford.
â€œAnytime you get UCLA on your schedule in any sport, itâ€™s a pretty hard match-up,â€ Mims said. â€œStanford, a team that was just training with the U.S. National team a couple weeks ago before they left for the World Cup. The U.S. got a few scrimmages with them and trained with them. Stanford has a couple of really talented national team players. So that will be a challenge.â€
Mims also scheduled an exhibition match with Nebraskaâ€™s club team. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln doesnâ€™t have a sanctioned menâ€™s soccer team. Mims said the Mavs will take on Nebraskaâ€™s Club team at South High School.
â€œIt means a lot because we will only be a couple days into preseason so whoever we play, it will be a challenge for us,â€ Mims said. â€œWe also want to continue the South Omaha Classic and we want to continue and grow that each year. I thought it would be great to get a local team to play us.â€
The Mavs finished last year with a 6-9-1 overall record. With less than two months before the start of the 2014-2015 season, Mims said his team better be ready to be tested from the start.
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