Artificial or Real: The Eternal Question About a Grass for Football Fields

The world over today has surrounded itself with some of the most popular games, soccer, and American football. These two games have gained followers and grown into billion-dollar enterprises. Something is so typical about them, the need for a good stadium and above all a playing surface. A site that many people are not sure about is the grass of the football fields artificial or real.  From the demonstrations below, you should be able to tell the truths from the half-truths. There were many discussions about this question in those essays about football, so you can read them for more interesting information.

Soccer Stories

The Football Association is well known for its voice in matters around English Football. The arm of the FA is quite long as it also has a say on the kind of turf to use for a fair soccer condition. The FA states out clearly that the grass to be natural, green in color. In other areas, the turf can be a hybrid turf, which is a combination of both natural and artificial turfs.

The gaming floor is one of the most critical parts of the game of football. There is a lot that goes on before the game. The grass artificial in whatever case has to be well cared for to avoid instances of poor game flow and player injuries.

An exception is that the grass could be in an area with no favorable weather conditions of growth. Such could lead to an allowance to install artificial grass; even so, there is a need for a green and natural playing turf. 

The rules still vary from international ones. A game between teams under the umbrella regulations of the Federation for International Football Association will require that turf meet the requirements of FIFA.  Strictly, the grass needs to be natural unless allowed to do otherwise.  For purposes of fairness and compliance, most football clubs have gone for a combination of natural and artificial turf to give their viewers a better experience.

For soccer, it is quite evident that the grass needs to be natural. If the ground is good for grass growth, there is no reason to defy regulation. Most teams use the Desso Grassmaster, which passes the laws of the FA playing surface and can be injected into any ground to allow for play.

The American Football Grass Theory

The American Football stadiums and turfs can agree to be one of the best looking in the history of the game. However, for this game, it has never been a question of the beauty but that of safety and the natural flow of the game.

Three years ago in a particular week, a number of the best of quarterbacks ended up injured relating their injuries to grass used on the stadia. A survey by a site showed that no other things were the reason apart from the fact that the injuries could have been because of the surface of play.

The survey used a population of 8 injured players, and to the surprise of most, 5 of the 8 got injuries on artificial turf with the rest three getting injuries on natural turfs. This survey could not be absolute but what goes in your mind is that a maximum of injuries happens on well artificially turfed stadia than natural turf stadia.


The NFL out of concern has once a survey of the turf. The NFL in its fining had found out that most injuries happen on artificial turf like FieldTurf rather than natural grass. The argument by a professor Michael Mayers of Idaho State argued that injuries were caused by new grass that tried to copy natural turfs. In conclusion, the NFL warned on any arguments about turfs as much as 82 percent of the players surveyed thought that natural grass was much better.

To date, there have never been any further investigations into the nature of turfs. Soccer game turfs of the most famous soccer leagues, the English Football League are majorly a combination of artificial and natural turf. Not many have complained about this. On the other side, there is an equal disparity in the playing surface as some clubs have the floors dominated with natural grass while others have purely artificial turf. This brings us to the discussion that depending on the regulatory bodies of that particular region; one can easily tell the kind of grass used, whether artificial or natural. It all lies with the regulator thereof.

This article was updated on Thursday, March 28, 2019