Football Pitch Construction

Football Pitch Construction

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Many people have been to a football match but very few have ever seen the ‘bare bones’ of how it’s actually built. The constuction of a football pitch is in fact highly specialised work and has to be carried out by specialists who understand all the issues involved. These issues include:

  • Analysing the soil in line with the area weather profile
  • Assessing the viability / effectiveness of undersoil heating and drainage systems.

Once a full analysis has been done, the specialists then have to detail a plan in line with the findings and the requirements (both financial and otherwise) of the pitch owners.

Football Pitch Construction - Trenching for Drains
Football Pitch Construction -  under soil heating

Execution of that agreed plan then has to be carried out within strict guidelines and to the pitch owners’ satisfaction. After completion of the installation, it is important that a follow-on programme of proper maintenance is set up and carried out by appropriately experienced people. Pitchcare is in itself a complex issue.



The care and maintenance of a football pitch surface has to meet a variety of needs - from player satisfaction through to budgets and even catering for other events to be held on the surface. An installer of a football pitch will usually give the pitch owners detailed maintenance instructions which will need to be strictly adhered to if the pitch is to perform at its best.

Useful Links

- an excellent step by step slide show about Football Pitch Construction


Football Pitch Construction -  nearing completion, grassing

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