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Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. The first generation turf systems (i.e., short-pile fibers without infill) of the 1960s have been largely replaced by the second generation and third generation turf systems. Second generation artificial turf systems feature longer fibers and sand infill, and third generation systems, which are most widely used today, offer infill that are mixtures of sand and granules of recycled rubber.
Imitation turf has been around for several decades. Up to now, artificial grass turf has been used in different sports – with varying degrees of success and intensity - since the first-generation turf of 1960. The suitability of unfilled or sand-filled Artificial turf systems for football has always been a matter of much debate and it is therefore only with the introduction of the third-generation systems (3G) that include both sand and rubber infill that the surfaces have become a true alternative.
It is in this context that FIFA acknowledges the potential of Artificial turf for the development of football. Due to factitious turf can resist weather and more intense use, it qualifies as the best alternative to natural grass. However, the product range of the third generation shows huge quality differences between the various systems available on the market.
Nowadays, It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. The main reason is maintenance—Artificial turf stands up to heavy use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming. Domed, covered, and partially covered stadiums may require Imitation turf because of the difficulty of getting grass enough sunlight to stay healthy. And artificial turf’s price is good. With the development of technology, the artificial grass turf’s quality becomes more and more high. But factitious turf does have its downside: limited life, periodic cleaning requirements, petroleum use, toxic chemicals from infill, and heightened health and safety concerns.
Only artificial playing surfaces which have been tested in the laboratory and on the field according to the stringent testing criteria of the FIFA Quality Program can be called Football turf. This name means that those systems fulfill the quality requirements necessary for football in terms of Playing Performance, Safety, Durability and Quality Assurance.
To identify Football field turf fields, FIFA is awarding the FIFA QUALITY mark to fields that meet the standard for community and amateur fields and the FIFA QUALITY PRO mark to fields that ensure the highest playing performance for professional-level football.