FIFA the world governing body of football has issued a major update of its Quality Concept for Football Turf. Both the handbook of test methods and requirements have been revised. These are the test methods and requirements, which regulate the use of artificial turf in the game. The updated manuals contain new tests and new requirements all aimed at enhancing the performance and durability of artificial turf used for the elite – FIFA Quality Pro and community FIFA Quality aspects of the game.
A new accelerated wear machine called the Lisport XL, which is used to condition the samples under tests by aging them by wear is significantly, ball roll is now done on these samples.
This is a game changer for preferred producers and licencees who manufacture these type of products, in effect meaning that all the previous registered ‘systems’ that FIFA have recorded (some 1600) will now need to be at least in part re-examined within a year.
New tests to perform the laboratory examination of samples infill splash and the heating properties of the turf system have been added. Also new tests for the measurement of the thickness of yarns have been added. Tests must now be performed on all coloured turf samples – therefore all line marking colours will need to be tested just like the parent green turf system. Here are the other new tests/changes;
· Method for the measurement of free pile height
· Method for the measurement of infill depth
· Method for the determination of UV stabiliser content in yarns
· Method for clarification of the particle size distribution measurement
· Method for clarification for the measurement of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
· Method for clarification for the measurement of yarn decitex
· Method for clarification of product identification on woven carpet products
· Method for clarification of porosity testing on artificial turf systems
· Method for clarification of yarn thickness measurement
· The following tests have been removed from the handbook of test methods:
· Stud slide and stud deceleration removed from laboratory testing
· Wear simulation with lisport removed from laboratory testing
· All products used for field markings (lines and logos where applicable) need to be tested as independent products.
· Only one specific product may be used per field. No combination of different products (different colours, yarn compositions or other) may be used on one single field.
· Tighter requirements for product test in the laboratory
· Recommendations for the testing of run-off areas (both with natural and artificial playing surfaces) have been included in this handbook
FIFA QUALITY PRO level
· A new method to assess infill splash has been introduced for this level of the game
· Requirement relating to the quality of lines, goals and all relevant playing equipment have been included in the test institute assessment
· Performance tests in the laboratory after 3020 cycles on the lisport XL including reduced ball roll
· Ball roll requirements for re-tests reduced from 10m to 8m
FIFA QUALITY level
· Performance tests in the laboratory after 6020 cycles on the lisport XL including reduced ball roll
Further information on both the handbook of test methods and the handbook of requirements can be downloaded via these links