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After our experiences on a horrendously wet weekend outlined elsewhere, we were very lucky to find two games on artificial pitches -at Sparta Nijkerk and Alcides in Holland.

These pitches are proliferating, especially in Holland, and it would certainly save hoppers a lot of potential grief in bad weather to know where all these pitches are.

I know some websites (e.g. fussball.de) do give details of the playing surfaces but many (even clubs' own websites) do not.

So can I suggest we build up a list of such pitches (at reasonable levels) here, and further request therefore that this be made a "sticky".

Just to set the ball rolling I can throw in 3 in Sweden - at Sundsvall, Vastra Frolunda and Elfsborg.


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A quick Google has thrown up :

Holland : Omniworld, Heracles and Volendam
Austria : Red Bull Salzburg and Gratkorn
Russia : Spartak Moscow
Norway : Tromso, Bodo Glimt, Aalesund and Stromsgodset


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Oststeinbeker in the Hamburg Oberliga is an artificial pitch



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In France The Brittany League's website gives details of all games that are being played on articifial surfaces. If you click on a particular league and the "le detail du match" the info is there. Even so last weekend the league postponed every match because of the heavy rain whatever the state of the pitch. 140 games off and on Sunday the sun shone from a clear blue sky all day.


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Grotta in Iceland's 1.deild play on an artificial pitch


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I like a good artificial pitch, and not just in wet weather. Off the top of my head the following grounds I've been to in the last couple of years are artificial (some of these might fall short of your ‘reasonable level’ criteria):
Germany: TuS Hordel (Westfalenliga), SV 09 Bübingen (Saarlandliga)
Norway: Asker Skiklubb (Division 2.4)
Spain: Rayo Majadahonda II (Madrid Preferente)
Northern Ireland: Crusaders
Czech Republic: Union Praha (Prague League)


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In Spain there are a few Ill try to dig out the list I have somewhere in my laptop.

In Italy there were Manfredonia and Gallipoli who used to play in astroturf. Both clubs gone burst and started from the regional divisions.


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In Spain there are a few Ill try to dig out the list I have somewhere in my laptop.

In Spain the majority are 3g pitches in 2b and below these days. But it doesn't matter over there anyway, they'll swim through a game if they have too. I've seen games played where the ball just wont roll because of all the water, so they just kick it a bit further and run, it's not really football but it's fun to watch. But 3g pitches dont appear to be allowed in Primera and Segunda divs.


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As I reported recently, my recent visit to SV Auersmacher in Germany was to the new (and very good) 3G pitch, as opposed to the old grass stadium. Talking to a local in English, there may have been some misunderstanding. The implication was that generally, matches will take place on grass - but he may have only meant that until now, matches took place on grass. At that level, switching at short notice is allowed. I went to Wehen Wiesbaden a couple of seasons ago, and looked behind the ground to find the old SV Wiesbaden. On the occasion of my visit, the match was switched from a lower grass pitch to an upper artificial one, (this was, of course not a recorded game - with the grounds next to each other, there was only a 30 minute difference in kick off times at the two games, and I just popped into the second match to talk to supporters, take a photo and pick up a match programme).



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In Prague, in the Prague area divisions, a number of team use artificial surfaces, & they are becoming more prevalent. Some play on them even though there is a perfect grass pitch on the 'main' pitch adjacent.

Prague League fixtures are at:

www.fotbalpraha.cz

Click on 'souteze' on the left; then 'rozpis zapasu ' on the right. Then on the individual divisions.

If it has "UMT" in brackets after the fixture this means it is on an all-weather pitch.



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I think Nancy in Ligue 1 play on 3G.


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I think Nancy in Ligue 1 play on 3G.



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A quick Google has thrown up :

Holland : Omniworld, Heracles and Volendam
Austria : Red Bull Salzburg and Gratkorn
Russia : Spartak Moscow
Norway : Tromso, Bodo Glimt, Aalesund and Stromsgodset



You can add AGOVV Apeldoorn and Spakenburg to the Dutch list

Cliftonville in Northern Ireland are also recent converts

Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland



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In Northern Ireland there's also Moyola Park (shared by Wakehurst) and Killymoon Rangers.




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Germany - Mülheim/Ruhr - Ruhrstadion (8.000) - VfB Speldorf (NRW-Liga, Level 5)


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Holland
Blauw Geel 38(Veghel)
SV Deurne
HSC 21(Haaksbergen)
VSV Tonegido(Voorburg)
SV Triborgh(Tilburg)
MVV Alcides(Meppel)
CVV Be Quick 28(Zwolle)
RKVV Westlandia(Naaldwijk)
VV Haaglandia(Rijswijk)
DHC(Delft)
Alphense Boys(Alphen)
DVS 33 Ermelo
VV DTS Ede
EVV Echt
VV Nunspeet
Jodan Boys(Gouda)
Odon 59(Heemskerk)
ADO 20(Heemskerk)
HV&CV Quick(Den Haag)

Sweden
Atvidaberg FF
IF Elfsborg

Norway
Honefoss BK

Belgium
KRC Gent Zeehaven(Ground is in Oostakker)

Spain(Mallorca)
Except Real Mallorca A+B,CD Constancia(main pitch) all other grounds are artificial pitches


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That's brilliant Jens - just the sort of thing I was looking for. Sadly not a great deal of use this weekend as KNVB have called ALL Amateur games off.

You also need to add Sparta Nijkerk to your list in Holland


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There are many 'kunstgras' (artificial grass) grounds in and around Oslo, though not much use at this time of year to someone looking to escape freezing Britain.

The list includes Korsvoll, Kjelsas and Groruddalen, but I think the latter folded recently.



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Most of the Munich based sides at levels from Bezirksliga down have at least one ground that is artificial; frustratingly these are usually floodlit as well, so when one finds a mid week cup match from mid-August on, they're played on the "konstgras"
BTW Add Qviding on Valhalla IP in Goteborg as well to the kunstgras list.



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Excellent info lads. Of course, if you can afford it, an alternative course of action is not to book your trip until a few days beforehand so that you can be sure it's not going to rain there.


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From the start of next season, Sint-Truiden (Belgian first division) will have an artificial pitch.


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Genemuiden (Netherlands Zaterdag Topklasse) also now have a 4G pitch.


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Not sure what League they are in now but TSV RUDOW opposite Rudow U bahn in berlin had an artifical pitch when i went around 4 years ago.
not a bad ground,no real cover but small amount of terracing and good clubhouse.

"it means we have no problems with the weather" stated the gateman when i asked about it.


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They play in the Berlin Liga, 4th at the moment. The closest U-bahn is Zwickauer Damm as far as I can see though?



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you are correct ,it is zwickauer dam,i must have got off at rudow and caught a bus up one or two stops.time obviously dulls the old memory

only really a good ground to watch a game at in decent weather though.


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A ground I went to a few times while I was over there was C.D. Javea who play in the Regional Preferente, G. 4 in North-East Valencia. Excellent ground, generally around 5-600 attending (around 100 ex-pats) and excellent bar and grub. Anyone heading that way, it's highly recommended for next season.



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From my recent visit to the USA, I can add the following two in the New York area;
FC New York
Long Island Rough Riders.
Although they have grass pitches, we received e-mail alerts from New Enland Revolution and New York Red Bulls that their games would go ahead 'whatever the weather, come rain or shine'.


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Cesena (Serie A) are the latest addition to the list. They will be playing on 3G from next season.


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Doh! Can't believe I've not mentioned it, but at the start of the season Red Star, now in the French National(3rd division), ripped up the grass & laid an all-weather pitch at Stade Bauer.



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sv empor berlin,adlershofer bc08,lichterfeldefc berlin all all playing in the berlin liga have artifical pitches(and u or s bahn stations nearby)they are just ones that i have been to,i suspect there are loads more.


Artificial pitches in Berlin Liga:-

VSG Altglienicke
SC Staaken 1919
SFC Stern 1900
Frohnauer SC
TSV Rudow 88
BSV Huerriyet Burgund
1.FC Wilmersdorf
SV Empor Berlin
Adlershofer BC

Lichterfelder play on a grass pitch (was when I went against Dynamo Berlin), but there are artificial ones in the complex.



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Novara in Serie A also have an artificial pitch.



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Add Gemert (Nerherlands Zondag Topklasse) to the list, but beware a light snowfall (see my report !)


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Orlando City is an artificial pitch but can't guarantee the rain won't stop play! When I was there there was a rain delay of 2 hours after 15 mins play and last week they had a match postponed because of it!!



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Pro Vercelli just relegated from Serie B had a 3G pitch.

Vercelli is half way between Turin & Milan.


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Those wishing to visit Dutch Ere and Eerste divisie grounds watching football on grass are going to have to be quick (Dutch pun there perhaps), as up to 9 grounds have kunstgras viz,

Heracles (in the Ere divisie),
Almere City,
Den Bosch,
Dordrecht,
Excelsior,
Helmond Sport,
Oss,
Volendam and
Venlo (in the Eerste).

Of these I am sure both Heracles and Helmond Sport are meant to be moving to new grounds. Perhaps these will turn out to be bigger versions of their existing grounds, but one never knows.

When at de Graafschap last month, they still were talking about moving, to maximise the return on their stadium (a wholly different way of thinking, as they can't fill their ground now that they're relegated, and are not playing particularly well either)



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Hou Ende Trou Zwijnaarde - Oost Vlaanderen Div 3B in Belgium - have a 3G pitch, and a useful location in sight of (but a mile walk from) KAA Gent's new Ghelamco Arena.


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FK Vozdovac in Serbia (Belgrade) - 3G pitch on a ground that is on the roof of a shopping centre !


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When I visited KVV Coxyde (Koksijde) in October 2011 in Flanders they played on an artificial surface. (Although Soccerway now state they play on grass) Pleasant club, typical of semi-pro clubs in Belgium. Excellent club house, good elevation from terrace and stands, but although situated on a main road it's easy to miss.


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Update on my post from above. From what I've been able to glean from this season's VI (Voetbal International)

Artificial

Eredivisie:

ADO
Cambuur (who are also looking for a new ground in 2017)
Excelsior and
Heracles (their move that I may have alluded to earlier is in fact an extension to their small stadium)

Eerste divisie

FC Eindhoven
Jong PSV (at de Herdgang)
Almere C
Helmond Sport
Oss
Waalwijk (little bit of a surprise there;little warning, luckily I've done it. By the way: they're bombing this season because of a clean out of players at the end of last season)
Venlo
Den Bosch
Dordrecht
Roda JC and
Volendam

and almost forgot:

Maastricht VV (or MVV) is supposed to be getting a new stadium in 2017; whether this is an extension to the present,or a new patch of grass wasn't mentioned inthe VI. Seemed to remember that their ground is the only one where I've seen three bar electric heaters hanging from the cover behind the goal to warm the support up; although it was a very cold night the time I was there.



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http://www.theesto.com/country-news-menu-link

That may help somebody to sort them oput.



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There are many 'kunstgras' (artificial grass) grounds in and around Oslo, though not much use at this time of year to someone looking to escape freezing Britain.

The list includes Korsvoll, Kjelsas and Groruddalen, but I think the latter folded recently.


Firstly: "kunstgress" :D though you could get away with "kunstgras" as well, as it is part of "New Norwegian", which is the second official written language in this country (though mainly only used in parts of the North West country as well as inner parts of Telemark county (in-land from Porsgrunn/Skien))

I am aware it's an older post. As for a comprehensive list of artificial turf pitches in Norway I would sadly be of little help. I will just add Grorud (not to be confused with Groruddalen ("Grorud valley")) from Div 2 group 1, which is my most local team, well within walking distance from where I live. I was there with Biscuitman in May to see their 3-0 defeat by Premier League side Sarpsborg in the first round of the Cup. Sarpsborg are the team that used to be managed by Brian Deane.



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Coxyde still play on a 4g pitch


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a comprehensive list of artificial turf pitches in Norway



An old thread, but oh well. No real point making a list of plastic pitches in Norway, as the country is absolutely infested with these horrible things (one of the reasons my enthusiasm for Norwegian football has died a bit in recent times). It would be easier to list the grounds with proper grass pitches, but to avoid confusion...here is a list of clubs/teams playing on plastic pitches in the current top 4 divisions.

Eliteserien (top tier) - 9 of 16 playing on plastic
- Bodø/Glimt
- Kristiansund BK
- Molde
- Odd
- Ranheim
- Start
- Strømsgodset (ironically the club song is called "Old Grass")
- Tromsø
- Vålerenga

1. division (12 og 16 play on plastic):
- HamKam
- Kongsvinger
- Levanger
- Mjøndalen
- Notodden
- Sogndal
- Strømmen
- Tromsdalen
- Ull/Kisa
- Viking
- Åsane
- Aalesund

2. division group 1 (11 og 14 playing on plastic):
- Alta (indoors)
- Asker
- Elverum
- Fredrikstad
- Grorud
- Hønefoss BK
- Mjølner
- Nybergsund
- Raufoss
- Stabæk II (reserves; theyhave 2 plastic pitches outside the main ground, normally using the one behind the near end)


2. division group 2 (10 of 14 playing on plastic):
- Arendal
- Brattvåg
- Fløy (Flekkerøy)
- Hødd
- KFUM Oslo
- Kjelsås
- Nardo
- Skeid
- Stjørdals-Blink
- Vålerenga II (reserves)


3. division group 1 (11 of 14 playing on plastic):
- Drøbak/Frogn
- Herd
- Hødd II (reserves)
- KFUM Oslo II (reserves)
- Kristiansund BK II (reserves)
- Lokomotiv Oslo (groundsharing at different pitches in Oslo; this season at Marienlyst kunstgress)
- Molde II (reserves)
- Oppsal
- Ready (ironically this ground's name translates to 'the grass pitch', and was used for the national team's home ground from 1919 till late 1920s - it apparently got its name as it was the first grass pitch in a time when other norwegian clubs played on gravel)
- Rilindja (groundsharing at Haugerud)
- Ullern


3. division group 2 (9/10 of 14 playing on plastic):
- Bjørnevatn
- Eidsvold Turn
- Gjelleråsen
- Kråkerøy (currently groundsharing at Fredrikstad FK)
- Lillestrøm II (reserves) - playing indoors
- Lørenskog
- Selbak (two pitches next to each other - one grass, one plastic. Seem to be using the grass pitch when they can)
- Skjetten
- Strømsgodset II (reserves)
- Valdres


3. division group 3 (9 of 14 playing on plastic):
- Donn
- Egersund II (reserves)
- FK Tønsberg (ironically the ground's name translates to 'Tønsberg grass pitch')
- Halsen
- Pors Grenland
- Sandefjord II (reserves)
- Urædd
- Ørn Horten
- Åssiden


3. division group 4 (12 of 14 playing on plastic):
- Brann II (reserves)
- Brodd
- Fana
- Fyllingsdalen
- Sogndal II (reserves)
- Sotra
- Stord IL
- Tertnes
- Vardeneset
- Varegg
- Viking II (reserves)
- Øystese


3. division group 5 (13 of 14 playing on plastic):
- Brumunddal
- Byåsen
- Gjøvik-Lyn
- Kolstad
- Levanger II (reserves)
- Løten
- Melhus
- Orkla
- Ottestad
- Rosenborg II (reserves)
- Steinkjer
- Tillerbyen
- Verdal


3. division group 6 (13 of 14 playing on plastic:
- Finnsnes
- Fløya
- Frigg
- Grei
- Harstad
- Junkeren (indoors)
- Korsvoll
- Melbo
- Senja
- Skarp
- Skjervøy
- Sortland (indoors)
- Stålkameratene


* Below there, the majority also play on plastic pitches. For lower divisions in Oslo, be aware that there are lots of clubs without a home ground, groundsharing at different council owned plastic pitch complexes. Some of these clubs can use several of these complexes during their season. Most of these "grounds" are horribly dull and feel like noone's "home".



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