The redeveloped synthetic football pitch at the AIS, Canberra, was officially certified to FIFA 2 Star standard following an inspection of the facility by the sport’s world governing body.
The new generation synthetic pitch is the only one of its kind in Australia and is identical to the training surface used by German glamour club Bayern Munich.
Polytan STI Sales Manager, Rob Kirkwood, made an official presentation of the FIFA 2 Star accreditation to the Australian Sports Commission’s General Manager Corporate Operations, Steve Jones, on 19 December 2014.
“This pitch has already been used by the Australian women’s team, the Matildas, and the AIS-based Football Federation Australia’s Centre of Excellence and all reports have been very positive,” Jones said. “It will continue to be used by some of the country’s finest footballers but it is also a community facility, available for hiring by local and visiting teams and community groups who can enjoy the many benefits of this outstanding multi-use surface.”
The surface is cooler to play on in extreme summer heat, due to the revolutionary EPDM Bionic Fibre infill, and eliminates the odour, appearance and environmental concerns associated with black SBR rubber infill.
The upgraded pitch was completed in May 2014 with the FIFA inspection undertaken a few months later.
The surface is similar to that which the Matildas will play on in next year’s Women´s World Cup in Canada, where the tournament will be played entirely on synthetic pitches.