The FIFA certification system is recognized as the high standard for artificial turf in football fields, and football fields laid by artificial turf companies are proud to be FIFA certified. The new FIFA certification standards were released on October 25, 2015. After more than a year of coexistence of old and new standards, the new standard will become the certification standard from January 1, 2017.
With the rapid development and popularity of football, more and more people take part in the sport, and with it comes the strict demand for football stadiums. The use and maintenance of natural turf is very troublesome, especially in terms of climate and frequency of use. Artificial turf for football fields has been produced and is gradually being widely used. It can be used regardless of the season, and it can be used around the clock.
The entire process of laying an artificial turf football field is still unknown due to the many links involved. Whether the final venue can meet the needs of the game is still unknown. Therefore, FIFA proposes that the artificial turf of the football field is certified by FIFA, and the FIFA quality concept of artificial turf will be allowed to host a relatively high level of events.
The football field artificial turf laboratory FIFA certification is divided into FIFA one-star and FIFA two-star, football stadiums certified by FIFA two-star can host games of any level, only FIFA one-star is allowed Certified to hold more junior competitions. Witten Lawn was certified two-star by FIFA Labs in 2014.
The validity period of the one-star certification of the old FIFA standard for football field artificial turf is 4 years, and the new standard is reduced to 3 years; the old standard of the two-star certification is valid for 1 year, and the new standard is still 1 year. If the football field is replaced within the validity period of the certificate, it will cause major problems. If the sampling fails, the certificate will be terminated.
In addition to the old standards, FIFA certification of artificial turf in football fields requires more attention to the following issues:
w All marked products must be tested as separate products;
w One venue can only use one system, and two-color venues are not allowed;
w Even if the site fails to pass the certification once, the laboratory needs to submit a site report to FIFA;
w A different set of colored lines is permitted for the field (but all football field lines must be of the same color), but may be prohibited by the organizer;
w Goal and corner flags must be installed before on-site inspection, and there is no LOGO;
wIf the re-tested FIFA 2-star certification level fails, it will not be automatically reduced to FIFA 1-star certification, but directly lose the certificate.
With the continuous development of artificial turf manufacturing technology, people have put forward higher requirements for the performance of the playing field. The promulgation and implementation of the new FIFA certification standard for artificial turf in football has made certification more difficult. This means that once a venue is certified, it will gain wider recognition.