• Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Scottish SPFL football clubs want synthetic turf out

Clubs in the Scottish Premiership have brought forward a resolution that seeks to phase out the use of synthetic turf pitches in the SPFL top flight.

The only clubs that play on synthetic turf in the SPFL are Kilmarnock and Livingston. However, Kilmarnock has already plans for replacing their surface with turf during the summer break of 2025 while Livingston has relegated to the Scottish Championship.

The SPFL will now issue the resolution to all cinch Premiership clubs. The outcome of that vote will be announced in due course. The resolution requires nine votes in favour to be passed.

The SPFL Board has confirmed at a meeting that if the resolution is approved, it will grant a two-year period to allow clubs with a synthetic turf pitch to plan accordingly. Such pitches will than not be permitted in the top division from season 2026/27. This period of grace is in line with recommendations of the SPFL Competitions Working Group, which represents member clubs across the SPFL.

Separately, the SPFL Board has approved plans for a Premiership-wide project to work with a pitch consultancy firm to improve the standards of grass pitches in the cinch Premiership.

Guy Oldenkotte

Guy Oldenkotte is senior editor of sportsfields.info and has been covering the outdoor sportssurfaces market and industry since 2003

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