FIFA discusses sustainability of Football Turf and for the first time, hosts a test area at the FSB

The International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities (FSB) takes place currently in Cologne. 

As in previous years, FIFA is represented, with the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf, at an area covering 220m2 providing their Member Associations, licensed manufacturers and test institutes a networking area. 

A testing area of 60m2: for the first time, FIFA, in collaboration with the accredited test institutes, are demonstrating and explaining how artificial football turf surfaces are tested. Short demonstrations are scheduled to show how the different test devices are used and how the test results are relevant to the safety of the players and the performance of a FIFA certified football turf installation. The highlight is the Lisport XL Machine simulating how football turf is tested for durability. The updated version has a larger sample size that allows additional testing, which provides more confidence for the product life cycle.

To learn more about the functionality of the different test devices, please visit us at Hall 10.2, Stand B10 daily at 11am and 15pm for the Lisport XL presentation, with the field testing presentations at 2pm and 4pm.

A glance at the future: energy efficiency, sustainable technologies and conservation of resources are the predominant contemporary themes in the sports facilities management and planning sector. At the “Recycle Forum”, FIFA together with World Rugby and FIH, discussed the importance of sustainability for sport governing bodies. The three sports explained how collectively, as well as individually, they work with the industry to improve their sustainablity status. It is important to outline, that sustainability considers not only an environmental approach but also ecological, social and economic dimensions that all must be considered together to find lasting prosperity. The common approach is to provide more information to help the industry make the right decisions.

To discuss these recent trends and developments in the industry and to create new businesses and networking possibilities FIFA is hosting a get together event today.