Synthetic turf has been around for years in football
UEFA and FIFA have allowed synthetic turf to be used as a playing surface for training and matches, and for national and international tournaments, since March 2005. Synthetic football pitches also have other advantages for clubs: they keep postponed league fixtures and cancelled training sessions to a minimum. Moreover, a modern synthetic football pitch is a playing surface that allows clubs to go ahead with training and matches more or less regardless of the weather.
Modern football pitches are synthetic turf systems filled with sand and rubber granules. When developing the turf, our overriding objective is to imitate natural grass as closely as possible. We offer special types of surfaces for a variety of applications, with different qualities specifically related to sport and maintenance. Depending on their use and area of application, we provide pitches with smooth or textured filaments whose long overall service life and high level of performance make them the ideal solution for clubs.
FIFA has also drawn up criteria for the quality of professional (Recommended 2 Star) and communal (Recommended 1 Star) football pitches and has issued the necessary guidelines for national associations. LigaTurf RS+ is the premium product from Polytan|STI and the successor to LigaTurf, the winner of the most FIFA Recommended awards worldwide to date, and it is preferred for use in professional sport today. French Ligue 1 teams FC Lorient and ASNL Nancy play on a LigaTurf RS+ pitch, for example.