Women's FA Cup first-round tie to be replayed after pitch size found to be wrong
The Women's FA Cup first round match between Cambridge City and Cambridge United will be replayed after it was found that the pitch was too small.
City, the home side, won 2-1 but a complaint from United that the pitch dimensions were significantly wrong has been upheld.
The Football Association's Women's Football Board backed the complaint after the pitch at Trinity Fields playing surface was found to be below the minimum dimensions of 100 metres in length and 64 metres in width.
In a statement, Cambridge City said they were "disappointed and surprised" with the decision to replay the match.
United said the match officials had been alerted to their concerns about the pitch before the game began.
"After being independently measured following the game, the playing surface was found to be both too short and too narrow," a statement said.
"The pitch measured 94 metres long and 58.7 metres wide. It was almost 14 percent below the minimum requirement and, in our opinion, this is a major irregularity."
United will be given home advantage in the replayed tie, which will take place at Mildenhall Town FC on Nov. 25.
Earlier this month, the FA suspended a referee after he used an impromptu game of rock/paper/scissors to decide the kickoff of a Women's Super League match.