Artificial Hockey Pitch Construction
Competitive hockey has been played on synthetic surfaces for many years at international, national, and club level.
Initially a costly outlay, an artificial hockey pitch can provide invaluable investment returns to your establishment. We offer extensive choices for hockey pitches, ranging from the elite top specification water-based installations to sand-based facilities.
McArdle Sport Tec are proud to be FIH Field Builder certified.
Installers must meet strict criteria set by the Fédération Internationale de Hockey (otherwise known as FIH), the official governing body for hockey, to achieve FIH Field Builder status.
Only reputable installation companies that have proven consistent and dependable industry standards, with the compulsory technical skills, recognised quality, reliability, and exemplary project record, achieve the FIH Field Builder accreditation.
Whether you are looking to resurface your existing hockey pitch or install a new facility, our in-house experts can advise you on which type of hockey pitch best fits your needs.
Contact our knowledgeable team to find out more, including a non-obligatory quotation for refurbishment or installation costs.
FIH Quality Programme Certified Field Builder
SURFACE CHOICES FOR HOCKEY
Water-Based Hockey Pitches
Water-Based pitches are the elite hockey surface and the highest specification recognised by the FIH.
Infill: High density carpet which does not need any silica sand or infill material but requires application of water prior to play via an irrigation system or water sprinkler. Application of water improves playing characteristics, provides shock absorption, and reduces friction.
Field Certification: FIH Category 1 or Category 2 (Previously known as FIH Global Elite or FIH Global)
Intended Use: International Tier 1 televised hockey (Cat. 1) or National & Tier 2 International competitions and training (Cat. 2)
England Hockey: EH Category 1
Certification: Stringent testing by an FIH approved test institute. Water-based hockey pitches can be certified to either FIH Category 1 or Category 2.
FIH Category 1: Certified fields satisfy competition requirements of the FIH International Tier One hockey events. The accreditation is valid for a period of 2 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH Category 1 Status. Note: Category 1 Certification is not usually administered to pitches over 5 years old due to the fact that they generally will not meet the aesthetic requirements for a Tier 1 televised event.
FIH Category 2: Certified fields satisfy FIH requirements for International and top-level national competitions. The accreditation is valid for a period of 2 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH Category 2 status.
Sand-Dressed Hockey Pitches
These are the most popular and widely used artificial hockey pitches on the market.
Infill: The carpet ranges from 18-22mm and is partially filled with silica sand, leaving 25% of the carpet pile exposed. The addition of silica sand provides stability and supports the carpet fibres; sand-dressed carpets look greener compared to sand-filled due to exposed carpet yarn.
Field Certification: FIH Category 3 (Previously known as FIH National – Class 1)
Intended Use: National & local competitions
England Hockey: EH Category 2
Certification: Stringent testing by an FIH approved test institute. Sand-dressed pitches can be certified to FIH Category 3.
FIH Category 3: Hockey pitch fields meet the FIH requirements for lower level, national, regional and club play. Pitch certification provides validity for a period of 2 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH Category 3 status.
Sand-Filled Hockey Pitches
Whilst this original all weather surface is still available, a more popular choice is the sand-dressed pitch.
Infill: The pitch has a longer carpet pile height compared to the popular sand-dressed or elite water-based pitches. Sand-filled pitches are almost completely filled with silica sand, up to the top of the carpet pile, which creates a denser playing surface.
Field Certification: FIH Category 4 (Previously known as FIH National – Class 2)
Intended Use: Community and education sector competitions, and training
England Hockey: EH Category 3
Certification: Stringent testing by an FIH approved test institute. Sand-filled pitches can be certified to Category 4.
FIH Category 4: Hockey pitch fields meet the FIH requirements for lower level, national, regional and club play. Pitch certification provides validity for a period of 2 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH Category 4 status.