Synthetic 3G, 4G, 5G, 6G sports pitch surfacing is hard to explain because so many different designs are out there claiming to have the latest generation and innovation of sports pitch surface. Whether they are claiming to have a 4th generation synthetic pitch, 5th generation artificial grass or 6th generation all weather surface then I have yet to see any accreditation from the governing bodies including FIFA, IRB, RFU, RFL, FA or FIH to confirm this type of standard.
4G synthetic pitches are specified to have no infill within the carpet, where contrastingly some soccer domes are claiming to have the 5th generation 5G pitches which has only rubber infill within the surfacing carpet. A sixth generation 6G flooring is a long way off in my opinion because I still see the latest innovation to be the 3G synthetic grass but many tweaks have been made but still seems to fall under the 3G surfaces.
A third generation 3G pitch is basically a mixture of silica sand and rubber granules in the infill and this gives great playing characteristics for football, rugby and hockey. It is hard to get one turf that can meet all sports because obviously trying to play rugby on a hockey surface is totally different in what you want to get out of the surface. A 3G rugby surface wants to be a longer pile height artificial grass because needs to be able to cushion a fall where for hockey wants the surfacing to be a fast playing surface.
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