FIFA to issue new manual next week

FIFA will issue the new Handbook of Requirements and the Handbook of test methods for the FIFA quality concept for football turf. 

This much talked about update has involved some radical changes to the preparation and evaluation of football turf for FIFA certification.

The new manuals will be available for download next week we will post a link. 

The new manuals will be available for download next week we will post a link. 

The new FIFA quality pro and FIFA quality perhaps making a clearer distinction between community and pro fields this is a welcomed change.  A new Lisport XL is making it debut and new tests for infill splash, heat on surfaces and yarns for UV and thickness to name just some of the changes in this a fairly significant overhaul of the 2012 version.

Sports Labs will be providing a detailed communique on the changes early next week or better still come see us on our stand at FSB next week.

Sports Labs research adding maintenance applications to the Lisport test

Sports Labs in conjunction with Strathclyde University focused on one of the draw backs of the Lisport test which is the simulation of maintenance of the surface under test. The Lisport involves assessing the wear of artificial turf by simulating extended periods of use. One of the major short comings of this test is that it does not take into account maintenance which is performed on artificial turf and the effects this has on the wear of the turf over time. Therefore the aim of this project was to implement maintenance procedures into the Lisport. These will include brushing, which levels the infill and tining, which helps to prevent compaction of the infill. The final solution will aim to be fully automated in order to limit the technician time required for the operation. Here we have the student group who carried out the Lisport research.

Strathclyde students - Presentation picture


Infill splash; preliminary conclusions from research project

Preliminary conclusions from research project into infill splash 330 videos and 990 photographs were gathered during testing. From these, 108 graphs were produced. Upon analysing these graphs, the following conclusions were drawn:

A test has been developed to characterise the infill splash as a result of ball impacts on football turf systems at various angles and speeds. By use of well documented apparatus and high speed camera work the results of the tests can be measured and recorded. Repeated testing of products is suggestive of reproducible results. The height of splash and distribution of fill over an impact area are of lower significance than the T.V categorization would suggest 'in general'. A lower pile weight can be compensated for by high free pile, and vice-versa. • Generally, the higher the free pile, the lower the test values for splash. • Coloured EPDM (green) was less noticeable than the Black and or Brown SBR’s on the camera. • Testing the surface when wet gives lower, or better, results than dry testing.

Does the test measure typical ball impact on the surface? We need to examine TV footage of games to study ball impacts on a field with ball impacts in the Laboratory. Can we rank products with the test? From the data collected it would appear we can rank products as problematic or low splash we need to work on a system to rank products.

The research work will continue so that the test and results can be developed then peer reviewed.

Rubber splash we need to characterise it before we deal with it!

We are working on a test which can characterise the rubber splash which emanates from a player or ball impacting the surface of a 3G pitch. This is a problem as HD TV does actually emphasis this problem and there is a perception amongst the hierarchy of football that this is not good for football on TV. We know that some turf systems are particularly prone to this problem and we know why it happens however reducing the splash by redesigning the turf system is proving more challenging.

Research carried out by Sports Labs in conjunction with Napier University in Edinburgh has developed a testing regime for turf systems containing rubber which can measure the relative 'splash' of 3G turf systems.

Further details shall be published shortly.