GAA Synthetic Pitch Guide
This is a new comprehensive guide on the construction and maintenance of synthetic turf pitches for Gaelic games.
The development of long pile synthetic turf sports surfaces that replicate the playing qualities of natural turf, but sustain much higher levels of use, has led to their increasing use for Gaelic games. To ensure these surfaces provide a satisfactory playing environment that will not increase the risk of injury to players and are of adequate durability, the GAA originally published guidance on the construction and performance of synthetic turf fields in 2009. Since then the use of synthetic turf surfaces for a variety of different sports, has grown significantly, with over 4000 fields now being installed throughout Europe each year. This has resulted in significant improvements in the quality and performance of synthetic turf sports surfaces and the technology used to assess them.
Recognising these developments, the GAA has updated its guidance and recommendations for synthetic turf fields used for Gaelic games.