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Could Artificial Turf Pitches be set for a Return to Football League?

Artificial Turf pitches could make a shock comeback if some Football League clubs get their way.

Wycombe and Accrington are two clubs keen to reintroduce them in a bid to cut costs and increase revenue.

“Within 10 years, we will see quite a number of pitches,” said Wycombe vice-chairman Brian Kane.

Accrington chief executive Rob Heys added: “There”s been a change of opinion recently. There is an appetite for artificial grass.”

Football PitchLuton Town, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers all possessed artificial pitches until they were outlawed by the Football Association in the late 1980s, although Preston continued to use theirs until the end of the 1993-94 season.

Since then, technology has advanced significantly and a number of top-flight clubs in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Russia now play on artificial pitches.

Several lower-division sides in Scotland use artificial grass as well, while the FA permits their use in such competitions as the FA Trophy, FA Vase and Women”s Premier League.

These hi-tech pitches are approved by world governing body Fifa, while Uefa, which runs football in Europe, allows Champions League ties to be played on artificial surfaces.

Read the full story: “Clubs want artificial turf return”. BBC News. 2011-11-18.