Austin, Texas (PressExposure) November 11, 2009 -- As participation in the world's most popular sport grows, so do the demands for top quality playing surfaces. Since launching the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf in 2001, the world governing body for football has recognized that synthetic turf can be an alternative to the maintenance or durability limitations of natural grass pitches.
In 2004, FIFA approved synthetic turf to be included in the Laws of the Game. It has now taken the next step by launching the FIFA Preferred Producer Initiative. ACT Global Sports was selected to join this FIFA Preferred Producer initiative to help research, develop and deliver a higher quality football turf to users throughout the world.
FIFA aims to take this next step in performance and safety standards of football turf by working with selected Preferred Producers. ACT Global has promised FIFA that we will also engage in research and development efforts to deliver similar playing conditions of top natural grass. Chris Clapham, Director of ACT Global comments, "We fully support this initiative by FIFA.
This a major step forward for our company and the football turf industry. Buyers can expect a higher quality and better performance by purchasing from a FIFA Preferred Producer. We are being held accountable to FIFA in addition to our clients and business partners. This accountability and research initiative will translate into a better surface for the users."
In order to qualify as a FIFA Preferred Producer, ACT Global was evaluated by FIFA according to strict requirements. This included the level of quality responsibility from manufacturing, through installation and maintenance.
FIFA also reviewed the civil engineering and project management expertise, promise for research and development efforts, and a commitment to promote the principles behind the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf.