Artificial Pitches

The emergence of Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs) and in particular 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) has impacted significantly on the way football is played and delivered throughout the country. FTPs offer a quality playing surface throughout the year, allowing for increased opportunities for training and match competition at all levels and ages. In a wider context and when delivered against a strategic setting such as a school site, they enhance curricular activity and provide quality playing opportunities for the wider community.

Artificial Pitches

The FA has changed the Standard Code of Rules regarding the use of FTP’s that will now allow more clubs and teams to use these types of pitches. The rules have become effective from 2014/15 season and provided a FTP has been tested and appears on The FA Register it will be allowed to be used for affiliated match play in all competitions outside the National League System (NLS) i.e. Step 7 and below including Women’s and Youth Football. 

Click here for The FA 3G Football Turf Pitch Register.

The FA expects that the facility operator should commission and pay for the cost of this so that the site ensures that the pitch is safe for use for all participants and meets insurance liabilities (see Testing 3G FTP’s price list).

On completion, a copy of the test report will need to be sent to The FA so they can review and determine if the pitch is suitable for competitive play. If suitable the pitch will be added to the register and the facility operator, County FA and Leagues will be notified of this. If not suitable then the site should not be used for affiliated competitive play (adult 5 a side leagues not included) until remedial work has been undertaken and another test performed.  If a pitch needs to be re tested and this is not done on the same day, there will be an additional charge. The pitch will need to be tested every three years to remain on the register.  Any pitch certified under the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf will be added to the FA register for three seasons plus the additional period from the date of the field test and the register will be regularly updated.

For further guidance on the use of artificial pitches refer to the downloadable guidance notes on this webpage and to discuss specific sites please contact Sacha Nicholas: Sacha.Nicholas@HampshireFA.com

Click here to listen to the Facilities & Investment Manager, Sacha Nicholas' radio interview with Express FM (Portsmouth) discussing facilities, pitches & more.

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