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.
FIFA has released its international match calendar for the 2025-2030 window. While the toolkit for groundsman is growing every day, the increase in the number of games FIFA intends to play and the short timespan left for groundsman to work the surface, is worrying.
The indiscriminate use of definitions to refer to new synthetic turf products that don’t contain any performance infill is a recipe for disaster.
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.
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.
Erwin Beltman was the head groundsman for stadium De Kuip in the Netherlands between 2013 and 2022. In that period, the field was elected voted the best stadium field in the Dutch Eredivisie eight times in a row. These days, he works as a consultant and shares his experiences about achieving good turf pitches on Sportsfields.info. Today he reviews the 2022 FIFA World Cup fields.
Have a look at the 8 venues that will be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and learn more about the grass surface used.
FIFA has announced the establishment of a category that is relevant for football surfaces. In addition to FIFA approved football surfaces, FIFA Preferred Producers and FIFA approved testing institutes, FIFA has now also established the FIFA Research Institutes for Football Technology Innovation category.
FIFA has finally adopted definitions for the various types of infill used in long-pile synthetic turf fields. In addition, the football governing body has also sharpened the definition for a non filled system to end the debate of what product constitutes being called a non filled system.
Field technicians of Labosport, Sports Labs and several other international testing institutes saw themselves being…