ATHLETES PREFER PLAYING ON REAL GRASS
STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ALIKE prefer grass and believe that playing on synthetic turf increases injury.
Professional athletes have consistently shown a preference for playing on real grass. FIFA commissioned an 18 month study to gauge elite soccer players' attitudes towards grass vs. synturf. "In total, responses from 1129 players from 44 different countries were analysed. The majority of players expressed a strong preference for the use of Natural Turf pitches over alternatives such as Artificial Turf." According to the study, “Approximately three-quarters of players felt that all top level games should be played on NT.”