The AFL adopts synthetic grass standard
It has taken many years of development and thanks to the University of Ballarat, the AFL now has standard based on meeting a 12-part criteria. These tests include a critical fall height test, abrasion tests, hardness, friction, heat, rotational traction, player impact forces and ball rebound and roll. As a result play on synthetic turf has been approved for levels 4 and 3.
What benefits does Synthetic grass offer?
- Availability of venue when there are Drought & Water Restrictions
- Availability of venue when the natural fields are Water logged
- Vastly increased revenue to clubs thanks to the resilience of synthetic fields
- A more consistent playing surface throughout the venues
Aussie rules participation is increasing rapidly and is outstripping venue supply; synthetic is the answer for the future. It offers at least 3 times the utilisation at a significantly reduced maintenance cost. maintenance can be as little as $8000 to $10,000 per year or around 10% of many natural fields. Utilisation can easily exceed 60 hours per week and can be further boosted by approved cricket wicket installations for the off season.
The AFL like FIFA has a set of test protocols. These are similar but not exactly the same as the FIFA standards and are specific to Aussie rules.
The AFL has commissioned several fields in Victoria to date.
As with all major field sport the build must be tightly controlled form conception. The civil works require adequate soil testing, sire specific engineering to ensure the correct drainage. The synthetic grass, shock pad and infill mix carefully selected to ensure the required result. Multisport and its partners are experts in these matters – trust in our specialised skills.
Please see AFL dimensions and specifications in the PDF below.
- The AFL
- Wiki information
- Victorian Government Guide on Artificial Grass in Sports
- Tiger Turf information
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