Synthetic Turf and Football

Artificial grass pitches are far from being a new concept however synthetic turf has recently taken the football industry by storm as modern products are a huge improvement from those in the 1980s and 1990s. Playing football on artificial grass is now fully supported by FIFA and is being used as a playing surface by top-flight football clubs all over the world. 

Artificial turf surfaces are the future for any sports facility club or school when attempting to reduce long-term costs, choosing the right football grass suppliers, improve usage times and ensure and high level of surface performance.

These factors have already seen many major sports organisations resurface their pitches with new artificial turf. Artificial grass has become extremely popular recently due to 3 key factors:

  • Lower overall maintenance costs
  • Consistency of play and performance throughout the year
  • A massive increase in surface quality due to advancement in product manufacturing technology

The Rhino-Turf football system

Rhino-Turf provides a football experience which surpasses most other surfaces in the market, with accurate ball bounce, ball roll slide factors make the surface the perfect companion to both training and official match scenarios. The Rhino-Turf artificial football turf system is designed with top-tier football in mind, developed by the world’s leading turf engineers and designed specifically to accomplish key football performance objectives. The Rhino-Turf system is the joint accomplishment between designers and manufacturers all with over 30 years experience in the artificial turf industry.  A Rhino-Turf system accomplishes:

  • Increased player performance
  • Increased surface usage times
  • A long warranty period
  • A decrease in long-term costs of maintenance
  • The option to obtain FIFA certifications

In order to ensure that a new pitch meets performance requirements and fulfils all expectations Rhino-Turf is sold as a system, this system includes the shock pad, the turf and installation supervision.  All Rhino-Turf synthetic grass products adhere to official testing and approval procedures making our Rhino-Turf systems one of the most technically advanced, highest quality football systems available.

Rhino-Turf Product Details

A unique root zone layer integrated into the pile is part of Rhino-Turf VT range that makes the turf range truly stand out from other turfs in the market. It not only provides a more stable bounce and roll from the system but also cleverly helps keep the top infill layer from infill splash when in use, this means the surface maintains a consistent ball game and requires less maintenance in order to be an effective playing surface.

Pile Height

The best performing pile height for professional football is 40 mm, with a shock pad or e-layer below the grass. A 40mm synthetic turf provides the best characteristics to match the feel and performance of a natural grass pitch.  In order for a 40mm system to perform properly it must have a prefabricated shock pad or e-layer underneath the grass. Without a shock pad a 40mm synthetic grass product is not suitable for football.  If there is no shock pad then the pile height of the turf needs to be a minimum of 50mm.  We have installed our VT40 System at Chelsea Football club in the United Kingdom  – View Testimonial

Root Zone

A unique root zone layer is integrated into the pile construction of our VT products. This root zone makes our VT turf range truly stand out from other products on the market. The root zone layer not only provides a more stable bounce and roll but also helps to keep the top infill layer from dispersing. This end result is  a surface that:

– Maintains a consistent ball roll

– Remains safe during play

– Requires less maintenance 

Yarn Quality 

Rhino-Turf systems are manufactured using the finest yarns available. We design out yarns with the perfect shape and texture in order to create a product that looks and feel as close to natural turf as possible. Our Yarns are UV treated and extremely resilient.


Using the correct infill in the correct proportions is imperative in achieving accurate ball bounce and roll as well as player safety and welfare. Attention to infill is often overlooked however we make sure that the correct infill is used in the appropriate ratios for the pile height and product.


The D-tex of our yarns is extremely high ensuring that our synthetic grass products are incredibly durable and will, under normal conditions, outlast the warranty periods.

(D-Tex is a unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibres, yarns and thread and is defined as the mass in grams per 1000 meters). 

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“Our experience with Rhino-Turf has been incredibly positive and we have no hesitation in recommending Rhino-Turf VT40 to other football clubs looking for that extra special surface.”

Head Groundsman Chelsea Football Club
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