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Artificial Pitches
Topic Started: 26 Jan 2013, 06:30 PM (3,967 Views)
p-livi67
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What does everyone think about the possibility of SPL sides using artificial surfaces?

In my opinion, the technology has moved an awful long way in recent years and whilst a perfect grass park is better than an artificial surface, I believe that we really need to look at artificial parks at the higher levels in Scottish football. I know much of amateur football is now played on high quality plastic pitches which can only benefit football in this country given the poor quality of public grass parks available.

They also provide an alternative revenue stream for clubs with the option to rent out the pitches in the evening for the public and also it gives the clubs more options for training and coaching younger sides.

I went to watch Airdrie v Thistle on their plastic pitch recently and I must say that I thought it played very well and didn't hinder the run of the ball or change the complexion and flow of the game.

What do y'all think?
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I'm for it. The 4g pitches are excellent.
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The one at Toryglen, home of the KDS 8s, was recently redone up to FIFA standards again. Is it 4G they call it? I can't mind. Anyway, it is good, but I think it's sticky when passing the ball. Can they be watered? :ponder:

It also hurts when you fall onto it. I've never cried once though.
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mick405
26 Jan 2013, 06:33 PM
The one at Toryglen, home of the KDS 8s, was recently redone up to FIFA standards again. Is it 4G they call it? I can't mind. Anyway, it is good, but I think it's sticky when passing the ball. Can they be watered? :ponder:

It also hurts when you fall onto it. I've never cried once though.
Problem sorted
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Young lad has played on a few 4g pitches and they are brilliant, really suit a ball on the deck style of play.
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i liked playing on the artificial pitches in college. (not organized or anything) the pitch was always in top condition. hundreds of ppl played on it everyday and if it was regular grass pitch the thing would have been a mud pit or rock hard depending on the weather. also like how even the ball moved on the surface and not bobbling like u see on grass pitches that arent maintained to high standard.
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mick405
26 Jan 2013, 06:33 PM
The one at Toryglen, home of the KDS 8s, was recently redone up to FIFA standards again. Is it 4G they call it? I can't mind. Anyway, it is good, but I think it's sticky when passing the ball. Can they be watered? :ponder:

It also hurts when you fall onto it. I've never cried once though.
Clubs that have them tend to water their pitches quite heavily. :thumbsup:
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They have improved immensely over the years and will continue to do so. I'm in favour. Better than the mudheaps you can get at Motherwell and Tannadice.

If we continue to play football in the winter months they should help to raise the skill factor in due course.

Also, they could be an additional source of revenue to cash strapped clubs if they are hired out to other sporting bodies.
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I've been taking my kids to football for the past 10 years and there have been great strides forward in the quality of these pitches. It's definitely encouraged a passing game in the younger ranks although competition needs looked at there to keep this improvement going. My only gripe is the cost to clubs to hire these pitches out, it's certainly not feasible for any small club to play on one on a regular basis.
Edited by Wailer, 26 Jan 2013, 07:52 PM.
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They are still pretty poor for quick turning as studs can get caught in the turf and injuries would occur because of this. Much better than the old pish though.

The wee black bits on the 4G are annoying as eff as well. Get everywhere :arrr:
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Suited us in Moscow at any rate.

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Tommy_Burns
26 Jan 2013, 07:19 PM
They are still pretty poor for quick turning as studs can get caught in the turf and injuries would occur because of this. Much better than the old pish though.

The wee black bits on the 4G are annoying as eff as well. Get everywhere :arrr:
4G doesn't have black bits
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Tommy_Burns
26 Jan 2013, 07:19 PM
They are still pretty poor for quick turning as studs can get caught in the turf and injuries would occur because of this. Much better than the old pish though.

The wee black bits on the 4G are annoying as eff as well. Get everywhere :arrr:
Specific Artificial Grass soles on boots help a lot with preventing injuries.
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Tommy_Burns
26 Jan 2013, 07:19 PM
The wee black bits on the 4G are annoying as eff as well. Get everywhere :arrr:
They certainly are. I bring home a couple of hundred of those every week :angry:
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bit spooky coming on to find this thread, was only talking about this to my mate this afternoon. i was down watching my nephew play for harmony row on their pitch at shieldhall and was commenting on how good the surface is there, best i've seen anywhere. couldnt resist a couple of sneaky post match penalties (into an empty net). it's so level and the pace and bounce of the ball is perfect. unlike earlier versions, studs/blades are fine on it. not sure how true but he claims that it is 5G there? obviously i was giving it the 'you lot dont know you were born' pish, 'it was rid blaes in my day' and all that :lol:

edit: speeling
Edited by Gherkin Jerk, 26 Jan 2013, 07:58 PM.
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Have played on the old artificial pitches and the new 3/4G. Always give me sore back and ankles next day. Of course that could be because I am :davieweir: and really should realise that I should stick to watching.
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We did OK at Dunfermline, 4-1 in 04' If i remember right.

The 8-1 game at East End was that on plastic, i was at that game too, but cant remember if it was grass or plastic.
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Bobo Balde causes more injuries than plastic pitches.
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26 Jan 2013, 07:47 PM
obviously i was giving it the 'you lot dont know you were born' pish, 'it was rid blaes in my day' and all that :lol:
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Kids love that.

Given the advances in the technology, there's no reason it shouldn't be considered as a real option for teams without the resources to maintain a grass pitch through the winter. I'd always rather see us playing on grass at CP, though. Because I am a purist, and old, and a snob.
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How much does a full size 4G pitch cost?
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