The upcoming FIFA manuals for quality synthetic turf football surfaces will stipulate that it will…
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) will this month hold its first ever workshop for groundsmen in the Zambian Premier League.
Football governing body FIFA is inviting pitch management service providers to express their interest, as it intends to launch a formal RFP process for which pitch management service providers can provide input on requirements and best practices, as well as to establish an assessment, monitoring, controlling and reporting system for all FIFA competitions.
Poor and even unsafe training pitches have hampered the preparations of the Dutch national ladies’ team currently playing in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It has also left the coach fuming, as he had warned FIFA about the shortcomings months ago.
The maintenance of football pitches in Africa has received a significant boost following a FIFA workshop that aimed to make CAF member associations aware that good maintenance ensures both the safety of players and a longer lifespan for the pitches.
The European Commission has (almost) spoken. Now the race is definitely on: the development of a long-pile synthetic turf system that, preferably, doesn’t require any infill to perform. My previous article focused on the development of the product. In this article, I’ll update you on what is happening on the research and legislative side.
The ‘non-filled’ synthetic turf debate is increasingly becoming cluttered, making it more difficult for both the informed as well as unsuspecting investors and emphatic followers of these developments to separate the wheat from the chaff. Sportsfields.info closely monitors all developments and consolidates all knowledge it has collected over the past year.
FIFA says that it sees potential in a non-filled system that its Innovation Programme partner has submitted for approval but points out that the system doesn’t meet all the quality requirements it is expecting such system to meet.
All is set for a new FIFA Handbook of Test Methods to be finished by the end of this year. The last time FIFA introduced a new handbook was in 2015, with minor changes or additions made in the years since.
Field technicians of Labosport, Sports Labs and several other international testing institutes saw themselves being…