Here at Nomow, we’re always shouting about the benefits of using artificial grass in sports, but there has always been debate about whether artificial grass is the right surface for playing professional football on.
If recent reports are to be believed, it may not be too long until we see the fake stuff used in the men’s football, with many suggesting that the men’s World Cup could be played on artificial turf “sooner rather than later.” The huge turnaround comes after FIFA made the controversial decision not to stage the 2015 women’s tournament on grass in Canada.
In an interview with FIFA’s website, Secretary General Jerome Valcke said “It would be very difficult to ensure solid natural-grass pitches at all venues,” “This is not a question of money, or of differences between men’s and women’s events, but it is a matter of the natural conditions in Canada: we want to guarantee consistent top-level playing conditions for all 24 teams during the event.”
Valcke highlighted the FIFA rules allowing any tournament to be played on artificial grass if it is used at every venue and of the “highest quality.”
“It could well be that sooner rather than later the men’s World Cup will also be played on artificial pitches,” Valcke said.
In countries and climates where it is simply not realistic to grow natural grass, artificial turf provides a genuine alternative. FIFA turf consultant Eric Harrison said that artificial turf was integral to Canada 2015 as it was much more suited to the countries severe winter climate.
“During the long winter months, the natural turf is dormant and only can begin the recovery process after winter is over,” Harrison said on FIFA’s website.
“The effects of frost … can leave many natural turf surfaces uneven, requiring extensive re-levelling,” he added. “Often, it is not until July/August that the natural turf has recovered sufficiently to be deemed to be in optimum condition.”
During long periods of wet and cold weather as we often see in the UK, grass is often left in a generally poor condition but you can count on synthetic grass to stay in optimum condition all year round.
Nomow has over 20 years experience in designing, developing and installing all weather pitches for major sporting establishments, local sports clubs and school facilities.