FIFA has announced the introduction of a Basic Quality standard for synthetic turf. A new standard for natural grass is also in the making.
The football governing made the announcement during their third Quality Programme Conference and Research Symposium. The event was attended by over 400 representatives from the football industry, FIFA member associations, confederations and the research and testing sector.
Spanning ten days of seminars and information sessions, this year’s event focused on the presentation of FIFA Basic, the new quality standard. In addition to the well-established “FIFA Quality” and “FIFA Quality Pro” standards, the new FIFA Basic standard emphasises cost efficiency and durability while safeguarding player safety.
While the exact details and parameters are not finished yet, FIFA said that “the FIFA Quality Programme team is creating a suitable framework for the industry to provide products, playing surfaces and technologies that meet the growing needs of football at all levels in line with the FIFA President’s vision of making football truly global.”