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FA Guide to 3G Pitches

This document provides guidance on the quality standards required in order to receive FA support for planning applications and funding submissions, whilst outlining the recommended layouts for the following formats of the game:

  • Mini Soccer 5v5

  • Mini Soccer 7v7

  • 9v9 football

  • 11v11 grassroots football (adult and youth)

  • 11v11 National League System.​

Sand-dressed, sand-filled and water-based Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs) can be utilised for basic football training, but are not suitable for mini soccer, youth or adult 11-a-side football league matches. Only 3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs) that have a valid performance test can be used for league matches and FA competitions where sanctioned.

This document is one of three FA documents relating to 3G FTPs.

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