Changes to FIFA’s Pitch Certification
At the end of 2015, the FIFA Quality Programme released a new Test Manual containing more stringent requirements for football turf installations. With the release of the new manual a set of new Quality Marks were introduced – FIFA QUALITY and FIFA QUALITY PRO, which will replace the FIFA Recommended 1 Star and 2 Star marks.
Because all artificial surfaces and systems are different, FIFA developed a testing scheme to ensure there was a benchmark for artificial playing surfaces. An artificial pitch can only be called ‘football turf’ once it has been tested to FIFA’s stringent criteria in the laboratory and on the field. If an artificial turf playing surface fulfils FIFA’s quality requirements necessary for football in terms of Playing Performance, Safety, Durability and Quality Assurance, it will be awarded a FIFA quality mark.
The FIFA QUALITY mark, formerly FIFA RECOMMENDED 1 Star, is awarded to pitches that meet the standard for community and amateur fields with typically 40-60 playing hours per week.
The FIFA QUALITY PRO mark, formerly FIFA RECOMMENDED 2 Star, is awarded to fields that ensure the highest playing performance for professional-level football for typical usage of up to 20 playing hours per week.