How to certify a field

The certification process for football turf pitchesStep 1: Testing the product in the laboratory

In this first step, samples of the products are tested by FIFA-accredited test institutes for resilience, wear and performance criteria in laboratory conditions. In addition, the material composition, the product’s “DNA” so to speak, is analysed to provide the basis for the product identification test.

In order to be eligible for the second step – the field testing – the product used on the installation must have been successfully tested in the laboratory first.

An overview of all products with a valid lab test report is available in the FIFA Product Database.

Step 2: Testing the final installation

The field test is the assessment carried out by FIFA-accredited test institutes to determine whether a field meets the performance and quality criteria set out in the Quality Programme. The emphasis is on player/surface and ball/surface interaction as well as the product identification test. The latter ensures that the materials that have been installed match those that were tested in the laboratory earlier.

A list of all FIFA-certified football turf installations can be found in the FIFA Field Database.

Maintenance as basis for long-term quality

Regular maintenance is required to ensure continued performance of the field. The licensee is obliged to provide the respective maintenance equipment and manual to the client as well as to carry out maintenance training sessions on-site.