Category Archives: soccer

Soccer in high places

 Media Images 44693000 Jpg  44693948 Morales Ball Afp226BI was in Quito a few weeks ago, which is almost 10,000 feet in elevation. As I was huffing up stairs I was wondering what visiting soccer players do when they play there. The highest stadium is La Paz, Bolivia (11,740ft).

Turns out FIFA (international soccer rules body) had a new rule about playing at high altitudes (greater than 9,200 feet) which required that players had to have 7 days to acclimate. This is may not be enough time, but in addition it’s a problem because club teams only have to release their players for international games 5 days before the games–so it restricted games in high cities. FIFA backed down from that, and says they will look into other factors such as humidity and heat as well. Those are certainly factors in a game, but altitude sickness can be a serious health issue, as well as a home field advantage…



I was at Google in Mountain View yesterday for two meetings. The first meeting was with the Google Foundation. Larry Brilliant and his staff are very impressive. Art talked about energy efficiency and the projects he’s interested in for the “Rosenfeld Project/Fund.” GF want to work with us, so it should be interesting. The second meeting was with NRDC and our DTA consultants Paul Rudnick and Jim Beck (Sun).

Since I was in Mountain View I’m spending the weekend with my Dad and seeing some soccer games at Stanford. Turns out there was a double-header (both men and women games) last night, and another double-header tomorrow. Stanford is a great place to watch soccer, so I’m a happy fan. Last night the men lost to Washington 2-0…

The women defeated ASU 3-2 in an exciting, back and forth game.

Also had a chance to see the Koberleins and meet the newest, Jackson (born on my birthday!).