Football, soccer for some countries, is the most popular game throughout the world. By the way, we want to give interesting information about football vs. soccer. It is not only the North Americans that call it soccer. It is generally football because you play with a ball by using your foot. Most of the countries call it football or some translation of it. But the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and some other countries call it soccer which is originally a kind of abbreviation of association football. So, much of Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, and even Italy (Calcio) call it something else than football.
Anyway, today our topic is the types of football field surfaces. There are generally two main types of surfaces; natural grass and artificial surfaces. We all know what a natural grass football field is and what challenges are natural grass football fields have? So today we will talk about the types of artificial football surfaces.
When we say an artificial field, most people understand artificial grass. But there are some different types like acrylic, tartan, or EPDM flooring. At Ekipgrass Company, we serve for the football field flooring business for many years which gave us a great deal of experience. So, in this article, we prepared everything about artificial football field playing surface types.
Generally, there are 3 types of the artificial surface area of a football field, which are;
- FIFA approved artificial turf or other synthetic grass,
- Acrylic surface flooring,
- EPDM flooring.
These surface types are approved by FIFA and some other authorized organizations. So here are the types of football fields.
What is the Artificial Turf (Grass) Football Field Surface?
This is the most common and preferred football field type. There are so many benefits of artificial grass when compared to natural grass. It is very effective for indoor and outdoor football fields. Artificial turf fields are very ideal for commercial fields, schools, street parks, and other purposes. Also, FIFA has approved some types of artificial grass fields for professional football games.
As artificial turf is very similar to natural grass but requires little or no maintenance, this type becomes very beneficial for users. Also, it is very durable and doesn’t deform even in harsh climates. These features made it the most preferred and popular surfacing of football fields in recent years.
What is Acrylic Surface Flooring?
Acrylic surface flooring which is prepared with some special chemical ingredients presents a wonderfully decorative and aesthetic view. It is mostly preferred for indoor football fields. But it is very durable against weather conditions that outdoor use is also very possible. Acrylic is very hygienic and antislip.
It is generally applied to asphalt or on concrete with a special adhesive. Acrylic is elastic and has a thickness of 2-3 mm. It is very beneficial for improving player performance and preventing sports injuries.
Acrylic fields are multi-purpose sports fields and more proper for other types of sports like basketball or athletics. But it is also possible to play football in these fields.
What are the Features of EPDM Flooring?
EPDM granules are very popular for all types of the sports flooring. The thickness of these fields can reach up to 15 cm. Generally there are two layers in its structure. The lower layer is generally around 8 mm in thickness. The upper layer, on the other hand, is 7 mm with granules. This flooring type is also proper for indoor and outdoor tennis courts, athletics, and multi-purpose sports. But the features are also suited for football games.
There are also some other sports flooring types as we mentioned before. Of course, most of the football fields are artificial or natural grass. But, these different types are proper for multiple sports and you can also play football in them. As Ekip Sports, we are an experienced sports flooring company and we can construct so many types of fields. For more information, you can check our website.