The best artificial surface for football is known as ‘3G’ or ‘Football Turf’ and as well as being used for training this surface can also be used for grassroots league matches.
The FA have produced a guidance document that aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions along with some facts around the use of these pitches in FA competitions. The most recent change to the use of these pitches has been the FA Cup Committees decision to allow use of these pitches (providing they are on the FA register) up to and including the fourth qualifying round for this seasons FA Cup competition.
From 2013/14 season provided a football turf pitch (FTP) has been tested and appears on The FA Register it will be allowed to be used for match play in all competitions outside the National League System (NLS) i.e. Step 7 and below including Women’s and Youth Football.
To check if an artificial pitch is on the FA register, please click here, or for further details on the process and costs see documents in the downloads section.
Funding is available for new pitches where there is a strong football development need e.g. the facility would service the needs of a Charter Standard Club. Significant partnership funding and a strong business plan is also needed.
Guidance on artificial pitches is detailed on the Football Foundation Data Sheets (see below).
- The FA 3G Football Turf Guidance
- The FA Artificial Grass Pitches
- The FA Football Turf Testing Guidance Note
- The FA Football Turf Testing Companies and Prices
- The FA Guide To 3G Football Turf Pitch Design Prinicples and Layouts