FIFA to introduce altitude restrictions

December 15, 2007
TOKYO -- Soccer's governing body has taken steps to protect players from so-called extreme conditions in international competitions.

In line with recommendations by leading medical specialists on high altitude, FIFA decided at an executive committee meeting on Saturday that unless players are given time to acclimatize, no international competitions will be held at an altitude in excess of 9,000 feet above sea level.

"There will be no international competitions above 2,750 ...

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