A major concern in the performance of football pitches is the concentrated wear down the central corridor of the pitch. Heavy use during the wet winter months warrants due consideration of the soils and detailed attention to the specifications and the maintenance programme. As a football pitch consultant I find there is often a lack of awareness of the prevailing factors that will determine the performance of a football pitch.
A good pitch has an even, slick and dense grass cover comprising a solid stand of ryegrass cut to a height of 30 to 50mm. Control of water run-off on to the pitch, adequate gradient and effective drainage within the pitch are vital for continual use in the long winter. In order to sustain a good playing surface through to May a sound maintenance budget is a pre-requisite and an intensive renovation programme at the end of the season is normally essential.