When the first synthetic turf pitches were installed in professional football grounds in England in the 1980s Alastair Cox was appointed a member of the Football Association’s commission of enquiry that was set-up to measure the performance of the new types of playing surface and determine if they were suitable for FA competitions.
When third generation (long pile) synthetic turf surfaces were introduced in the early 2000’s and found to be far superior to the previous forms of synthetic turf football surface, Alastair Cox was appointed by UEFA to their Artificial Turf Experts Panel, which had responsibility for establishing if the new surfaces could be used in UEFA competitions such as the Champions League and European Championships.
When UEFA and FIFA decided to harmonise their requirements for synthetic turf surfaces in 2005 Alastair Cox was nominated as a member of the working group given responsibility for producing a unified standard that met UEFA’s requirements for elite level competitions and FIFA’s needs to also consider regional and community level football. The outcome was the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf, for which Alastair Cox drafted the Handbook of Requirements and Handbook of Test Methods in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Today Alastair Cox acts as a technical advisor to FIFA, UEFA, The Football Association, the Football Association of Ireland and The Football Association of Wales, amongst others. He advises on the testing and performance of synthetic turf surfaces, the maintenance of synthetic turf surfaces and the construction of synthetic turf football fields. He also acts as a synthetic turf project consultant with responsibility for ensuring the satisfactory construction of new synthetic turf fields.
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