Maintaining natural grass pitches and artificial turf surfaces was the focus for a UEFA knowledge-sharing workshop involving experts in the field and representatives of national FAs.
UEFA's Knowledge & Information Sharing Scenario (KISS) programme has proved its immense value once more thanks to a workshop at UEFA headquarters in Nyon that looked at the issue of pitch maintenance.
Representatives of UEFA's national associations were joined by experts on natural grass and artificial playing surfaces for two days of deliberations on the history, current status and future prospects for football pitches and the dedicated people who look after them. The workshop fully epitomised UEFA's objective under the KISS programme to bring the football family together by networking, sharing knowledge, developing a collective intelligence and promoting best practices.
The workshop was organised in response to a request by UEFA's member associations in relation to the challenges they face. Given football's burgeoning popularity and that is played over the entire year, it is crucial to provide and maintain playing surfaces in good playable conditions.
Under the Laws of the Game, matches must be played on natural or artificial surfaces, according to the rules of the competition. Where artificial surfaces are used in either competition matches between representative teams of member associations affiliated to FIFA or international club competition matches, the surface must meet the requirements of the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf or the International Artificial Turf Standard.
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