Types of Surfaces

It is widely accepted that hockey is now predominantly played on synthetic (or artificial) sports turf surfaces.  Pitch owners considering hosting national or high level competition should consider carefully the choice of an approved turf product and level of pitch certification when planning the facility. In addition to consulting with England Hockey, they should seek advice from the FIH, the world governing body for hockey. 

The decision as to the type of playing surface to be installed has direct implications for the design of the drainage system, the need for irrigation, the nature of the base and sub-base and, in some cases, for the marking of lines.


The aim of this policy is to provide clear guidance of what type of Artificial Grass Pitch surface is acceptable for the different levels of hockey.

This policy replaces the England Hockey ‘3G Policy’ that existed from 2009 to 2016.

England Hockey Artificial Grass Playing Surface Policy