Polyethylene comes in various qualities, which has encouraged some to start specifying the quality of the raw material in an attempt to safeguard themselves from investing in an inferior quality synthetic turf product. However, the quality of synthetic turf is achieved through a variety of factors.
The decision by the European Commission to recommend the proposed ban on the future sale of polymeric infill and to cold-shoulder the suggestion to make Risk Management Measures mandatory, is not decisive yet. The recommendation still has to be approved by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament before it can pass onto the statute book. Once cleared, the World Trade Organisation also has a say.
If only we had considered storing water underneath the approximately 26,000 synthetic turf football fields in Europe when these fields were installed, the current water crisis many clubs face could have been much different. Take the situation of the Netherlands, for example.
From today, the concentration limit of eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in rubber granules and mulches used as infill on sports pitches and playgrounds has been reduced to 20 mg/kg.
It will only be a matter of time before Heracles Almelo plays on natural turf again. Technical Director Nico-Jan Hoogma does not know yet exactly when that will be, but “if we get promoted to the Dutch Premier League, the process will certainly be accelerated.”
The Dutch FA (KNVB) is inviting the industry at large to come up with a solution whereby sports fields are marked and then cleared from markings quickly, or preferably, instantly. Such solution would stimulate the multifunctional use of sports fields as well as the homogeneous use of the surface.
The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club is testing hybrid grass tennis courts to recreate the surface in different climates as well as to extend the playing season in the UK.
An assessment by the official German FA pitch consultant has shown that the grass of…
As of this season, clubs in the highest Dutch football competition, the Eredivisie, can earn…
There is an uneasy silence around non-filled synthetic turf fields but, behind the scenes, FIFA, the industry and research institutions are studying the product extensively.