Soccer (or football as our friends around the world call it) is the great challenge of our R&D efforts.
The ball-to-surface interactions and the high standards of elite players keep us on our toes. To be honest, no synthetic turf manufacturer has made the perfect system — but we’re getting closer. Grass is the gold standard that we strive to emulate. Balancing the desire for grass’s playability with the need for high durability is AstroTurf’s mission. Rapid technological advances and evolving product designs are getting the AstroPlay soccer product line closer.
AstroTurf strives to imitate the playability and safety of the most pristine natural grass fields. Like natural grass fields, artificial turf systems fall along a spectrum ranging from the unplayable to the exceptional.
Certain challenges must be overcome in order for a field to be classified as the upper echelon of synthetic surfaces.
Elite Pitches Must:
- Replicate natural grass by minimizing the splash of infill particles that sprays when players tackle, strike a ball or change direction.
- Provide the most grass-like energy restitution and reduce joint fatigue
- Maintain the most uniform, predictable playing surface over time
- Reduce the chances of concussion by absorbing the impact of a fall on a surface
- Ensure optimal cleat release and reduce torque transmitted to joints
- Deliver the extreme usage expected of synthetic playing surfaces
For these reasons and more, AstroTurf launches the AstroPlay product line specifically for soccer. These systems offer a broad portfolio of system choices that fit most budgets. Many are FIFA-certified.
AstroTurf holds the patent on XtraGrass, a product which augments a living natural grass system with synthetic fibers for added durability. This is an investment for facilities willing to devote the maintenance to a natural grass field.
Grass-like traction with reduced torque to lower extremities. Less infill spray. Consistent shock attenuation. Improved durability. Enhanced energy restitution with pad, and especially with Organic infill.
Rubber-free, non-controversial turf system. Densest system on the market for unparalleled return on investment. Excellent shock absorption and energy restitution.
RootZone featured for durability, playability, and safety. Tire-Free: Utilizes virgin Nike Grind material for infill. Nike Grind infill is encapsulated with green coating for more uniform coloration and enhanced resiliency.
Tire-Free. Pad and lightweight infill (good playability). Blends the High Micron mono and slit film fibers, delivering aesthetics and durability at a more accessible price point.
|Product||Usage||RootZone||Infill Splash||Face Fibers||Aesthetics||Pad||Infill|
|XtraGrass||Light||Natural||None||Monofilament Synthetic & Natural Blades||TotallyNatural||None||None|
|AstroPlay 3D||Moderate – Heavy||Yes||Minimal||Monofilament & Slit Film||Very Good||Required. Multiple options available.||Greenplay Organic EPDM TPE|
|AstroPlay NRG||Moderate – Heavy||Yes||Minimal||Monofilament & Slit Film||Excellent||Required. NRG + pad available, featuring Nike Grind captured from the Reuse a Shoe program.||Nike Grind|
|AstroPlay DT||Heavy||Yes||None||Monofilament & Slit Film||Good||Required. Multiple options available.||ZeoFill and Silica Sand|
|AstroPlay Q||Moderate||No||Moderate||Monofilament & Slit Film||Good||Required. Multiple options available.||Greenplay Organic EPDM TPE|