Increasingly, football clubs are choosing artificial turf pitches. This makes sense given that an artificial turf football pitch is more maintenance-friendly and yet it feels like a natural grass surface. It also saves space. A natural grass surface needs a certain amount of time to recover, which means that other fields have to be used. You can play on an artificial turf pitch throughout the year.Football/soccer is a sport with a lot of physical contact to the surface. Tackling and sliding are integral parts of the game for field players and goal keepers have to jump and plunge in order to catch the ball. Early artificial turf systems were not optimal for this practice, due to low suspension and high friction of the synthetic yarns. Players had to wear trousers and long-sleeve shirts to avoid skin burns and other injuries.
In other sports, like tennis or hockey, players have less intensive contact to the surface. In American Football the players wear protective clothing. Therefore soccer was the ultimate challenge for artificial turf producers. Special infill systems, new yarn grades and innovative underlay solutions were found to provide soccer players with the optimal surface for their sport.
Today’s 3rd generation artificial turf systems have especially high piles or “blades of grass”. The infill is a combination of siliceous sand and rubber granulate, that gets no longer compressed over time. New yarn grades, like multiple monofil polyethylene yarns, and improved underlay systems guarantee optimal playing characteristics. Low friction parameters, suspension and ball rebound characteristics equal to natural grass make artificial turf now the optimal surface for football.

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