Artificial Football Pitch Offers An Excellent Playing Surface

Next time you go to watch your favourite football match take a closer look at the football pitch. What looks like perfectly mowed, lush green grass on the football pitch is not natural grass, but artificial grass.

Manufactured from synthetic materials like polypropylene or polyethylene, an artificial turf pitch can be used for a number of sports, including football, hockey, baseball, athletics, tennis, and many more. FIFA and UEFA have endorsed these synthetic sports surfaces due to their features of durability, slip resistance, shock absorbency, and most importantly, their need for minimal maintenance. The artificial sports surfaces comprise a solid base, which is designed to offer stability to the top layer of synthetic grass fibres. The base also offers an effective drainage system, making the synthetic turf ready for play in all weather conditions. The top layer, also known as the man-made grass carpet, is made of artificial grass fibres tufted onto a backing cloth and in -filled with sand or a mixture of sand and rubber granules. However, some varieties of artificial sports pitches may not be in -filled with sand or rubber. These are known as water based sports pitches.

Yet another advantage offered by artificial sports surfaces is that their playing characteristics can be altered significantly by changing the length and density of the fibres. At the recreational level, a football pitch featuring artificial grass with sand infill and needle-punch carpets is adequate. Such a football pitch also has a shock pad just beneath the top layer which protects the players from injuries.

On the other hand, elite level football is played on third generation artificial grass. These “next generation” or “third generation” artificial grass surfaces are generally regarded as being about as safe to play as natural grass. In this case, the football pitch comprises grass fibres that are made of a soft material known as polyethylene. These fibres are dressed with a mixture of rubber crumbs and sand. Such a football pitch offers the same playing qualities as that of natural grass. FIFA favours more thinly spaced longer fibres for their soccer turf.

Artificial grass is also used for making synthetic athletic surfaces. It consists of SBR granules blended with polyurethane binders in a special mixing machine which when applied to the surface creates a durable, porous, and uniform track. Such a slip resistant track offers more protection to athletes.

Ronaldo’s Decide to Move to the Juventus FC

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Cristiano Ronaldo, striker of the Portuguese national football team, admitted that it was not difficult to make a decision to leave Real Madrid and join Juventus. For Ronaldo, the Bianconeri are a special club.

Juventus have redeemed Ronaldo for a fee of 100 million Euros from Madrid. Ronaldo was bound with a four-year contract.

At Juventus, Ronaldo will get income of 30 million Euros per year. This number is the highest in Serie A.

“Juventus are a great club. Since I was a child, I saw this team and said I wished I could play there someday. Now I will play for a fantastic club, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’m happy, “Ronaldo said as reported by Soccerway.

“I didn’t have a definite moment when I decided to move here. For years, we played a number of times against Juventus and I have a special feeling that Italian fans like Cristiano. ”

“This is the biggest club in Italy, one of the best in the world, so that is an easy decision, because Juve are an extraordinary club,” Ronaldo added.

Ronaldo himself has started pre-season with Juventus. He will make his debut in Serie A on August 19 against Chievo Verona FC.

Facts You Didn’t Know About Soccer

As the 20th FIFA World Cup tournament is fast approaching, you might want to know some interesting facts and soccer stats to make the game more interesting, and for you not be left behind. Here are some interesting and remarkable facts about this world-renowned sport.

1. In the United States, it is commonly called “soccer” but it is known everywhere as “football”. Only Canada and the United States use the word “soccer” for this game.

2. The shape of the soccer ball is slightly oval. It is because of its checkered board designs that create a perfect sphere illusion.

3. Soccer fixtures mean the schedule of plays.

4. For 3rd world communities who cannot afford to buy a soccer ball, they would use a make-shift ball made out of disposable diapers or rags. How creative is that?

5. Soccer players have a different name for their uniform. It is called “kits”. Having mention this makes you feel more of like soccer pro.

6. Do you know Canada’s national sport? You guessed it right; it’s no other than soccer of course.

7. In 1950 World Cup, heavy rain poured over that damaged the original world cup. Because it was only made up of papier-mch, it has to be replaced. It was also the same year when India withdrew from the tournament because they were not allowed to play barefoot during the competition.

8. There are several debates on the origin of soccer. Some claims it started in China, but some claim that it started in the early 1800s in Newgate Prison, in London. This was the game invented by the prisoners whose hands were cut off because of theft. They used their feet instead to kill time so-to-speak while in prison.

9. Soccer ball was used by the very first basketball game.

10. Never call a football fanatic a “fan”. They liked to be called “supporters” to have a deeper type of backing for their favourite teams.

11. The World Cup Tournament is the biggest competition in the world which is held every 4 years and hosted by different countries.