Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Poland-England match postponed over waterlogged pitch

England's team manager Roy Hodgson tests the field during heavy rain prior to the World Cup 2014 Group H qualifying soccer match against Poland at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

Markus Schreiber/AP

Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between Poland and England was postponed until Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch after the roof of Warsaw's national stadium was left open, a Polish FA spokeswoman said.

The decision was taken to rearrange the game to Wednesday following a pitch inspection Tuesday after an evening of torrential rain.

The Warsaw stadium has a retractable roof, but a Polish FA spokeswoman said neither of the team representatives nor the FIFA delegate wanted to make the decision to close it.

Story continues below advertisement

"None of the sides wanted such a solution," said Agnieszka Olejkowska. "We knew there would be heavy rain but we could not 100 perc ent predict the downpour."

With rain still falling heavily at the scheduled kick-off time, she said it was not possible to close the roof.

"We have a heating system which, if we close the roof, can dry the pitch in 30 minutes," she said.

Report an error
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this resolved by the end of January 2018. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to