With artificial playing surfaces rapidly changing the nature of the game, FIFA developed its Quality Concept for artificial turf in 2001 with the aim of standardizing the quality of artificial turf soccer pitches. It strove to establish playing characteristics similar to those for natural turf, including player safety, as well as to guarantee durability and lower maintenance costs.
The support of FIFA has helped change perceptions of artificial turf amongst professional sports people, regulatory bodies and the public at large. In addition, 2005 saw FIFA issue universal guidelines for testing procedures and performance requirements necessary for artificial turf to receive the FIFA recommended classification marks. The standards included indicators such as ball rebound, rolling features and rotational resistance as well as the risk of injury to players.
Since soccer is the most popular spectator sport in the world, this is a major breakthrough for artificial turf. In addition, FIFA has defined Quality Standard FIFA Recommended 2 Star for playing surfaces, a further development of FIFA Recommended 1 Star. This standard reflects players' experiences, medical research and the results of testing by industry. Only artificial turf systems that pass the FIFA test can be certified as official playing surfaces for national and international competitions. The FIFA Recommended 2 Star standard is the relevant quality standard for artificial turf for all UEFA top competitions, including the Qualification for the European Football Championship, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup.
Our System Design Center shows how the different components of a turf system are related to performance requirements such as ball roll, ball bounce, friction, sliding resistance, shock absorption, etc. It also illustrates which Dow products can help to get your soccer turf system to the top of the league.