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What is 4G 4th Generation Sports surfaces synthetic turf carpet??

No such thing as 4G – yet. It is a marketing way of saying  one company’s product is more advanced than another, with no proof or difference in performance or concept. The confusion comes in that there was never a 1G or 2G, and these terms have been applied retrospectively. So 1G refers to the original non-infilled surfaces, such as astroturf (which was the generic name) and now encompasses the non-infilled football surfaces popular in Switzerland. 2G refers to surfaces with sand in; mainly sand filled and sand dressed. 3G refers to any surface which is long pile with sand and rubber infill. There are also surfaces known as hybrids, which are used for football and hockey, but in reality are also 3G sports surfaces.

There is also a move by manufacturers to go back to woven products, claiming these are the next advancement in technology. In reality this manufacturing method was used in the early 80’s, is very slow and very expensive. There is no proven performance advantage.

4G Football Pitch Synthetic Sport Surfacing

4G Football Pitch Synthetic Sport Surfaces

The way forward is about systems, how they are installed and maintained, not to call exactly the same surface as most manufacturers offer, a 4G or 5G, which I have heard companies are now claiming.

The Desso Grassmaster system is known as a natural reinforced turf system as some companies try to compensate this to be a 5G sports surface which under the new FA guidelines recently released isnt true and here is a statement recently from the FA governing body : “… the moment there is no such thing as 4G or 5G, terms sometimes used by sales people. some manufacturers may promote non-infilled products, but these are actually earlier generation surfaces, as predominantly used for hockey.”

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About the author

Director at Soft Surfaces Ltd which constructs artificial sports pitches and play areas throughout the UK. Sports enthusiast who plays football regularly and co-founder of @FatRank which helps others with SEO, PPC, WordPress and Specialist Web Marketing.

James Dooley – who has written posts on Sports and Safety Surfaces.


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