Your sporting code will establish which sports certification your surface is eligible for. Below are the key sporting codes and how you can go about getting your field certified:
AFL/Cricket Australia Certification – Getting your AFL Field certified
The AFL and Cricket Australia (AFL CA) endorse the playing of community level Australian Football and Cricket on a synthetic turf surface that meets the criteria in the AFL CA Handbook of Testing for Synthetic Turf March 2018. In 2007, Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat) developed criteria for the use of synthetic turf for Australian Football and cricket commissioned by the AFL, Cricket Australia, Sport & Recreation Victoria and JLT Trustees (the insurer to both the AFL and Cricket Australia). An expert panel regularly review the criteria to ensure that the products are safe and comparable with the playing characteristics of natural grass.
Source: AFL Community Club Facilities Management: http://www.aflcommunityclub.com.au/index.php?id=891
IAAF Certification – Getting your track certified
The Certification System has been developed in response to the need for better quality products in top level competitions and the rapid developments in athletics equipment. It also recognises the growing trend towards international standardisation of product specifications. Designations such as IAAF Approved or Authorised by IAAF have been used to advertise products which may or may not have been submitted for testing by IAAF. Despite ongoing checks at competitions, many products still appear on the market which do not meet the precise requirements laid down by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Source: IAAF Certification System Procedures Manual
FIH Certification – Getting your field certified
If you are planning to build or invest in a new hockey facility the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf is here to support you by reducing your risk of ending up with a poor quality or under-performing hockey field. By incorporating the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf into the plans for your new field you can be confident you are working with partners that share our vision of making hockey enjoyable, more affordable and more accessible around the world.
Get your full information on how to integrate the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf into your building programme to ensure you are headed in the right direction for a safe, affordable and sustainable field here >>
World Rugby Certification – Getting your Rugby Field certified
World Rugby has produced the World Rugby Artificial Rugby Turf Performance Specification to set a minimum standard for artificial playing surfaces which may be used in Rugby. The World Rugby Artificial Rugby Turf Performance Specification stipulates the testing and approval procedures which Manufacturers and other entities involved in the installation of artificial playing surfaces must comply with in order for their products to be approved for use in Rugby. The World Rugby Artificial Rugby Turf Performance Specification will be amended over time as technology and research evolves in the area of artificial playing surfaces.>>
FIFA Certification – Getting your Soccer Field certified
The FIFA Quality programme aims to endorse products that meet strict quality requirements to improve the game and to protect the players, clubs and associations . Only artificial playing surfaces which have been tested in the laboratory and on the field according to the stringent testing criteria of the FIFA Quality Programme can be called football turf. This name means that these systems fulfil the quality requirements necessary for Football in terms of playing performance, safety, durability and quality assurance. Read more about the FIFA Quality Programme