Synthetic Football pitches in Belgium

According to a recent study conducted by KPMG for the ESTO, there are 2403 registered Football clubs in Belgium, with 280 synthetic turf pitches around the country. Player participation in males over 18 has seen a steady 14% increase since 2004.

Seen in the photo above is the home stadium for Belgian second division club, Sint-Truiden Football club, who have been playing their home matches on a synthetic pitch since 2011.  

When asked about synthetic pitch development in Belgium, Jonas Heuts, Grassroots Manager (Flemish Wing) Royal Belgian Football Association said “We believe the provision of synthetic football pitches is critical to the development of football in Belgium.”