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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.



Think you are correct , if not they should have by 2013.

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wales - the new saints
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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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