Higher usage

We find that in urban areas and areas of high-density housing there are shortages of grass pitches or available space so 3G is the only option if we are to provide a safe and level surface for children to play football and have fun. We are exploring all options and have seen how flexible 3G pitch development can be when it is possible to provide a pitch on a roof top. Mark Pover, The FA

Taking a typical amateur club as an example, a number of teams have to share the club’s football pitch during the whole season for training and matches. By the end of the week this can add up to between 40 and 70 playing hours on the field. Most of the amateur clubs have only one or two pitches and the high usage therefore has a negative effect on the playing conditions on the natural grass pitches, especially under bad weather conditions.

In comparison, a high-quality artificial turf surface of the third generation (3G) is more resistant and durable provided it is correctly maintained and used. The club is then able to provide a good-quality football pitch to all its teams at all times.

Example of playing hours of a typical amateur club

Team No. of training days No. of total training hours No. of hours for matches on 1 weekend* Total training/match hours per week
1st men’s team

3

6

1.5

7.5

2nd men’s team

3

5.5

0

5.5

1st women’s team

2

3

1.5

4.5

U-19 youth team

3

5.5

1.5

7

U-17 youth team

3

5.5

0

5.5

U-17 women’s youth team

2

3

0

3

U-15 youth team

3

5.5

1.5

7

U-15 women’s youth team

2

3

1.5

4.5

U-13 youth team

2

3

0

3

U-13 women’s youth team

2

3

0

3

U-11 youth team

1

3

1.5

4.5

U-9 youth team

1

3

0

3

Total no. of usage hours of the pitch

 

 

 

58