Test institutes can now apply to become a FIFA-accredited test institute for football turf. New test institutes can send their applications to quality@fifa.org.

All test institutes that submit an application will be invited to the next round robin for field test institutes, to be held near Glasgow, Scotland from 24 to 27 February 2014.

The round robin is a series of tests held on a regular basis. All FIFA-accredited test institutes must also participate and prove that they meet FIFA’s high test standards.

Using the Handbook of Test Methods as a basis, two complete field tests are performed by each test team consisting of two technicians. After the results have been evaluated, each technician that passes the tests receives a FIFA accreditation to perform tests on football turf pitches for the next five years.