Drought should force football clubs to consider artificial turf – Football pitches require lots of water and energy to maintain. Artificial grass could reduce their environmental impact.
Artificial turf got something of a bad name for itself during the 1980s within the world of English football. Clubs such as Luton Town, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers all flirted with the technology, but, by the early 1990s, concerns about injuries and unfair disadvantage to the home side saw the return of grass pitches.
But could a revival be on the cards in the English game? Many leagues around the world, across a variety of climates, now use artificial grass. In 2004, Fifa approved the use of artificial grass in international matches. (England were beaten by Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in a qualifier for Euro 2008 on its “FieldTurf” artificial pitch.) And now the Football League in England is currently holding a consultation – which draws to a close at the end of this month – into whether it should sanction its use.