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 the 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. For more information on the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turn please click here.

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.

England Hockey has also created a policy to provide clear guidance on what type of artificial grass pitch surface is acceptable for the different levels of hockey. This policy replaced the England Hockey '3G Policy' that existed from 2009 to 2016. You can find it by clicking here.