Artificial Football Pitch Construction

Our artificial football surfaces, like our rugby pitches, employ third generation (3G) technology, using synthetic fibres made to replicate natural grass.

Unlike the old-style synthetic grass carpets, 3G surfaces are filled with sand and rubber granules. The rubber granules help to keep the synthetic grass upright, greatly reducing abrasiveness and minimising friction burns.

All 3G surfaces are specifically designed to offer similar playing characteristics to a natural grass surface, mimicking the ball bounce and roll. Our 3G football pitches are extremely durable, which means you can use the surface continuously throughout the year with consistent performance in most weather conditions.

As a responsible installer of synthetic sports pitches, we recommend a macadam (engineered) base for increased durability and to improve playing characteristics. Installing a rubber shock pad also increases player comfort and reduces maintenance costs.

To gain FIFA QUALITY certification (FIFA QUALITY or FIFA QUALITY PRO), all 3G synthetic pitches must attain a level of safety, performance, and quality. McArdle Sport Tec will work with you to determine the level of certification that you require.

Surface Choices For Football

fresh artificial football pitch


FIFA QUALITY certification (formerly known as FIFA 1 Star) for football turf recognises a high-quality playing standard for community and local club use.

We have installed FIFA QUALITY 3G football pitches for: Baker Barracks, St John Bosco Arts College, Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Watford FCBarry Town United, Cheshunt FC,  Newbridge High School, Reddish North End FC, University of Hertfordshire and many more.

3G football pitch with fresh artificial grass


FIFA QUALITY PRO (formerly known as FIFA 2 Star) certification for football turf recognises a superior quality playing standard for professional and stadium use.

We have installed FIFA QUALITY PRO football pitches for Ilkley Town AFC & Reading Football Club’s training facilities at Bearwood Park.

Airbus Broughton FC, Brentford FC, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Stoke City FC, West Bromwich FC, and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC have all been certified to FIFA 2 star.

Football Pitch Case Studies

Discover the successful projects our McArdle Sport Tec team has been involved in.

Ringwood Community Hub

Boston United Football Club

Cardiff Met University Refurbishment

Northern Area Playing Fields

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with McArdle Sport Tec.”

“We encountered unforeseen issues with our artificial pitch refurbishment; however, McArdle’s produced a first-class facility which the Folkestone Academy and The Turner Schools Trust are extremely happy with”

K Dickinson - Head of Estates

Turner Schools Trust

“Project delivered to the highest standards whilst minimising disruption to our ongoing services”

“At all times, prior to, during and post build, I found McArdle Sport Tec to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism. We were kept fully up to date with the project throughout with great communication lines between ourselves, the site manager and head office. The McArdle team were approachable, considerate, professional and safe at all times, ensuring a project delivered to the highest standards whilst minimising disruption to our ongoing services.”


Steve Burnside

Facilities Manager at Shrewsbury Town FC

“No hesitation in recommending them for similar projects.”

“From initial discussions through to project handover, McArdle Sport Tec’s communication has been excellent. They have delivered a fantastic facility here at Bearwood and I’d have no hesitation in recommending them for similar projects.”

Ray Booth

Stadium Manager Reading FC

“Facility has been highly praised by visiting teams, league officials and professional clubs”

“From the point where the contract was awarded to the final hand over of the project and the completion of the FIFA 2 star certification, McArdle Sport Tec provided a professional service and efficient management of the project through difficult weather conditions. The final outcome is a facility that has been highly praised by visiting teams, league officials and professional clubs.”

Chris Jennings

Assistant Director of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University

“Extensive wealth of knowledge and expertise, providing exceptional guidance”

“I would have no hesitation in recommending McArdle Sport Tec to any
club or organisation, who are looking to install an artificial sports pitch.

McArdle’s team have an extensive wealth of knowledge and expertise, providing exceptional guidance and service throughout the whole process.”

Jason Bowers

Area Facilities Manager at Cheshunt RFU

“Very impressed with the overall management and delivery of the project”

“It was great this summer to see the construction of the new 3G football pitch in Slades Park. This long-awaited facility which is on the site of the Winton & Glenmoor Academy has been funded by the Football Foundation, Active Dorset, Talbot Village Trust and the Academy.

The construction work has been skilfully delivered by McArdle Sport Tec through the framework partnership with Tiger Turf and RLF and at Active Dorset we were very impressed with the overall management and delivery of the project. The pitch simply grew out of the ground over the summer and autumn into one of the best and most welcomed facilities in the area. The glitches and issues that are bound to arise in such a project were all dealt with positively and now we have a playing facility that is already being well used by the Academy and the local community clubs.

Many thanks go to all the McArdle team, (especially our dedicated project team Rob and Barry) and everyone else involved.”

Clive Nelson

Diversification Manager Active Dorset

“Open communication with the team that has enabled any challenges to be dealt with quickly”

“TigerTurf and McArdle Sport Tec were appointed via the Football Foundation AGP Supplier Framework to construct the new pitch at Green Lane in Devizes. The project is a joint venture between Wiltshire FA and Devizes Town Council.

Despite what was a testing winter construction period, the project was delivered on programme and to a high standard.

Throughout the construction period there has been very open communication with the team that has enabled any challenges to be dealt with quickly and efficiently – minimising impact on the local community.

The pitch is due to open May 2020 and will be used by hundreds of people from Devizes and the surrounding community.”

Mark Young & Simon Fisher

Football Development Manager for Wiltshire FA & Town Clerk for Devizes Town Council

“The 3G Football Pitch is amazing”

“It has been an absolute pleasure working as the Project Manager on behalf of Flitwick Together CIO with McArdle Sport Tec on this project.

I cannot recommend McArdle’s work highly enough. The 3G Football Pitch is amazing and the attention to detail and overall installation of the 3G Pitch by the team and sub-contractors has been amazing.

Cliff Simmonds

Project Manager at Flitwick Together CIO

“Quiet efficiency and clear communication”

“The mark of a good contractor is quiet efficiency and clear communication, strong attributes displayed by Mcardle Sport Tec.

Running a construction project on a live school site is often challenging, but we experienced no problems throughout.

Thanks again for steering the project to a successful conclusion. Fantastic job, we are very pleased with finished 3G Pitch.”

Nick David

Strategic Projects Lead at The Dean Trust

“The McArdle Sport Team were a pleasure to work with”

“A massive thank you to McArdle Sport Tec for delivering our new 3G Turf Pitch ahead of schedule and on budget. The Artificial Pitch is of a really high-quality and all of the McArdle Sport Team were a pleasure to work with. Students now have access to a high quality resources for PE lessons and fixtures for many years to come.”

Mr D Inns

School Business Manager at Katherine Warington School