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 current non-filled synthetic turf pitches are still too slippery when damp or wet. An…
Assessing the possible risk of skin injuries on synthetic turf has come one step closer. Four World Rugby certified test institutes recently held a round robin to determine the replicability of a test and testing apparatus that has been developed over the past four years. Their feedback will now be used to fine-tune the apparatus and procedure.
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.
The indiscriminate use of definitions to refer to new synthetic turf products that don’t contain any performance infill is a recipe for disaster.
Utrecht municipality has taken ownership of a non-filled synthetic turf field made of oil that…
Alveosport has added the NUT 3011-14 to its portfolio, a new foam designed especially for use in non-filled synthetic turf systems.
A product by Chinese synthetic turf manufacturer Vivaturf will be used in a FIFA project that aims at gathering sufficient evidence to justify the inclusion of the non-filled system as a sub-type within the FIFA Football Turf Quality Programme.
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.