Today the use of synthetic turf surfaces for multi-purpose areas is increasingly popular with sports clubs, schools, colleges and local communities. A multi-purpose surface is ideal when, for example, there is limited space available or when different sports need to be played on the same pitch.

Ideally each sport should be played on specifically designed artificial turf pitches to provide players with the optimal playing and performance characteristics. However, financial considerations, space availability, durability characteristics and player safety criteria will dictate the choice for a multi-purpose surface.

When choosing the multi-purpose playing surface, one needs to take into account the types of sports that will be played and to what standard, levels of competition and frequency of use. The surface characteristics of the pitch will normally be dictated by the principal sports activity that will be played on the artificial surface.