Artificial turf has been around for decades, but only recently been fully embraced for high-level competition matches. FIFA now considers ‘Football Turf’ as certified playing ground for football, it has even produced an official guideline of requirements of the standard and quality of the turf. FIFA, as the world governing body of football, understand that there are countless manufacturers and installers across the globe, published the document in 2001, providing a stringent quality concept for ‘football turf’ using natural grass turf as its benchmark.
Artificial grass for football has allowed play in countries in extreme climates, where previously climate would have limited professional football development due to the lack of natural grass turf. Early artificial turf compositions were very short and tightly packed, now manufactures produce artificial grass designed specifically for professional football play which mimics real grass: with more thinly spaced and longer tufts, and infilled with sand for support, and rubber granules for bounce.
Artificial turf’s major benefit is allowing for constant play, the football pitch can be used continuously for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without degenerating, unlike natural grass football pitches that needs time to recover. Football turf marks the end of unplayable pitches, or abandoned matches, enabling footballers to play all year round, in the best possible conditions. Extended playing time, allows for less football pitches being required. With finance being one of the most pressing issue in football clubs, artificial grass can provide additional revenue streams, having multi uses for other sports and all kinds of events.
“… Besides hosting FIFA World Cup qualification matches, we have successfully held concerts and trade-shows on this field. We have almost recouped the investment within a year …”Mario Jiménez
Commercial Manager, Saprissa Stadium
Stadium construction is often dictated by the need for optimum natural grass growing conditions, needing sunlight, wind and rain to thrive. Spectator stands today are being installed with large roofs and terraces for spectator comfort, large shadows makes providing adequate growing conditions challenging. Artificial grass clearly eliminates this issue. Natural grass demands a lot of maintenance, which of course is expensive. The maintenance schedule for artificial grass is minimal, far outweighing in the long run its initial installation costs.
In order to obtain a FIFA certification on a football turf pitch strict following of the guidelines is necessary; FIFA does recommend using a shock pad under the turf. A shock turf is an impact- absorbing layer, increasing player comfort as well as ball response. Using a shock pad ensures optimum durability of the artificial top layer.
Vita Cellular foams are the manufacturer of the new Revosport branded shock pad for use in conjunction with synthetic and indoor sports surfaces. Their surface is rigorously laboratory and field tested, and far exceeds requirements.
Mark Hart of RevoSport comments:
“Our revolutionary shock pad enables perfect ball rebound, and shock absorption whilst jumping and eliminates floor vibrations. Using our knowledge and expertise of PU foam under lay, we are certain to have created a product that will undoubtedly become a market leader.”
For more information about the RevoSport shock pad, visit www.Revoshockpad.com