The FIFA Quality Programme team has released an updated version of the Natural Turf Guidelines. The guideliness were previously known as the Manager’s Guide to Natural Turf Pitches.
The Dutch FA and testing institute Sports Labs have extended their partnership until 2025. This will see Sports Labs remaining an Innovation Partner of the Dutch and housing its offices and laboratory at the national football campus of the KNVB.
The Irish Football Association (Irish FA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Multi-Sports Grassroots Facilities Investment Fund aims to allow local grassroots football clubs in Northern Ireland (NI) to improve and upgrade facilities to create a better grassroots football infrastructure foundation.
Opinions about whether brushing or raking third-generation synthetic turf fields is better for the field are divided. A grant from the Norwegian FA, the Dutch industry body BSNC, as well as the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport enabled the Municipality of Amsterdam to contract research institute ERCAT of the University of Ghent to investigate this in more detail.
Coventry City has received a five-point deduction to be suspended for the remainder of the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 season, after the Club acknowledged that it had breached EFL Regulations relating to pitch maintenance. As a result, scheduled fixtures against Rotherham United, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town all had to be postponed in August.
Andrew Goldberg has been appointed as Hybrid Turf National Sales Manager for AstroTurf. The appointment follows the announcement by the US-based synthetic turf company that it had signed an agreement with SIS Pitches to be their dealer for the North-American hybrid field market.
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Players at Robur et Velocitas F.C. in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, received an early Christmas gift when club management announced that it had selected a Condor Grass artificial grass system that uses Brockfill infill to replace the 15-year-old field that relied on SBR.
The European Commission will decide only in March or April next year at the earliest whether it will adopt the proposed ban on the sale of polymeric infill. A decision was actually expected last week.
The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has launched a level 1 training course to maintain football pitches in the Serbo-Croat-Bosnian language.