What is the difference between 2G, 3G and 4G pitches? It is often a question that comes up when helping users book Pitches on MyLocalPitch.com and one I imagine is asked pretty much every time someone mentions they’re playing on 3G.
2G and 3G astroturf pitches in London
We all think of ourselves as top class footballers if only given the right circumstances. One of those key factors holding grassroots footballers back is the state of pitches that the vast majority of players have to contend with on a weekly basis.
The roll-out of Artificial Turf Pitches (ATPs) has been a godsend to every budding amateur. Now we all have a level playing field that means the ball runs fair and true. A small downside of these immaculate surfaces is that there is no one to blame but yourself for a poor touch or miss-control!
Artificial Turf has evolved over the past couple of decades to the extent that ATPs are used as a main surface for some top flight football clubs, NFL teams and rugby stadiums. At a grassroots level there are many considerations to take into account before making a sports booking and the surface is perhaps the most important.
Developments in the field have lead to various options becoming available and MyLocalPitch ensures each sport venue for hire is listed with the correct pitch information. Here we take a look at the varying ATP options available and offer a few of the best sports venues available for hire.
A 2G and 3G Astroturf Pitches refer to second and third generation pitches.
Second Generation Pitches:
In the 1990s 2G pitches came onto the scene and these were sand-based astro-turf. These suited hockey perfectly, but were inadequate for football as they were particularly slippy. Ask anyone that’s taken a tumble on 2G pitches and you’ll know the damage a fall does for skin. With some venues that don’t keep these maintained well it can often feel like your playing on a beach in Rio but kept well, with clear markings, this type of pitch will suit most games.
Third Generation Pitches:
A pioneer in ATPs. These featured longer grass that provided better grip, a softer surface and a far closer experience to playing on real grass. The black rubber pellets, that get literally everywhere, create a terrific surface that couple with the shock-absorbing underlay provides a more forgiving surface for the body.
Some proprietors proclaim to have 4G or 5G surfaces. An argument exists that a 4G pitch is defined by the long grass without black pellets present. However, the FA continue to roll-out 3G pitches and we’ll stick with their terminology until we hear otherwise.
Sports fans looking to hire a football pitch can utilise MyLocalPitch to locate their nearest and most convenient venue. Check out some of our best sports venues in London:
New River Sport and Fitness
Three Corners Trust
Marcus Lipton Community Enterprise
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