Professional football (nearly) the same as on real grass
Among the highlights presented by the Burgheim-based sports surface specialist at this year’s International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities (FSB) was a premium synthetic turf system for professional footballers.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada demonstrated that synthetic turf is now well and truly established in international top-flight football. Polytan’s LigaTurf RS+ CoolPlus premium turf turned in a winning performance in the BC Place stadium in Vancouver, the venue for the final. A year or so later, Polytan presented another premium product “Made in Germany” for professional football at the FSB trade fair in Cologne: the LigaTurf RS Pro II CoolPlus synthetic turf system.
It has been possible to achieve nearly the same playing qualities as on real grass and even better wear resistance with this new product by optimising the yarn geometry and the material formulation. Thanks to the patented ENTANGLEMENT technology – a special interlacing of the molecule chains of the turf fibres – the turf is pleasantly soft, even with a thicker cross-section (400 µm). And the thicker cross-section means that the playing qualities are of a similar standard to real grass for a long time, without additional maintenance, as the playing field has an above-average capacity to “recover” after heavy use.
As an added bonus, the LigaTurf RS Pro II CoolPlus is the first synthetic turf to be supplied by Polytan in a bi-colour design as standard. The two-tone, light and dark green stalks give the playing field a rich colour similar to the lush appearance of real grass. For a long time, a standard feature of professional football systems has been the CoolPlus function. Pigments on the filaments reflect the sunlight so the pitch heats up to a lesser extent.