Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Female footballers to climb Kilimanjaro to play highest match in history

A group of female footballers are to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and attempt to break the world record for the highest game of competitive football played.

Over the course of 7 to 10 days, the women will scale nearly 6,000 meters (19,330 feet) of Africa's highest mountain.

After reaching the summit, they will descend to 18,799 feet and play a 90-minute, 11-a-side match on a volcanic ash pitch at an altitude not attempted before!.

The footballers, representing 20 nationalities, include retired US international Lori Lindsey, former England midfielder Rachel Unitt, ex-Germany international Petra Landers and former Mexico captain Monica Gonzalez.

Ranging in ages, from 18 to 66 years old, the players will embark on the trip on June 15 and, weather permitting, play their match either on June 24 or 25.

Playing in thin air causes a reduction in physical performance and in May 2007, FIFA -- football's world governing body -- introduced a temporary ban, revoked a year later, on international matches at more than 8,200ft above sea level, citing concerns about players' health and the "unfair" advantage to acclimatized home teams.

Lori Lindsey, former US footballer, said their aim was to raise awareness of the issues women and girls face when playing sport.

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