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Serbian FA replaces pitches at eight pro clubs

ByGuy Oldenkotte

Jun 28, 2024

The Serbian FA (FFS) has started a major project to replace the pitches in eight stadiums in eight different Serbian cities. The work is expected to be completed by autumn this year.

According to Inside World Football, the official announcement by the Serbian FA did not indicate how much the project was costing, or where the funding was coming from. However, both FIFA and UEFA have incentives available to financially support the improvement or upgrade of existing football facilities, including those being used at the highest level. Also, the FFS has a four-year mandate to reform and maintain the pitches to bring them in line with the best fields available in the European leagues.

“As from autumn, this great project will give a new, more beautiful and modern look to Serbian football and it aims to improve the conditions and raise the quality of football at all levels of competition. In addition to the more attractive game and greater interest of the audience, modern technology surface installation will reduce the risk of injuries and provide optimal conditions for the development of young players,” the FFS statement read.

Turf and synthetic turf

The stadiums in Subotica, Novi Sad, Kruševac, Niš, Lučani, Novi Pazar, Ivanjica and Surdulica will all receive a new turf surface.

The installation of nine synthetic turf pitches in nine cities across Serbia is also planned for later this year.

“The FA of Serbia is determined to raise Serbian football to a higher level through the infrastructural revolution and create the foundations for long-term success on the domestic and international stage,” added a spokesperson from FFS.

Future campaigns

During the 2024 Euros, Serbia lost to England and drew with Slovenia and Denmark. By investing in new pitches, the FFS hopes it will become a serious contender at football events in the future.

 

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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