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Artificial pitches given green light for FA Cup

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The Football Association is set to lift the ban on artificial pitches being allowed in the FA Cup from next season. 

The current charter states the 3G (artificial surfaces) aren't permitted from the first round onwards, or in any level higher than the Conference Premier. 

The general idea is that it will promote grassroots football at all levels. The FA general secretary Alex Horne said that the rule change has been recommended by the board. 

"They are a very useful asset and capable of delivering 50 plus hours per week as compared to a natural turf pitch which can deliver perhaps five hours per week. The value of 3G pitches has been clearly demonstrated during the fecent wet weather where leagues within the grassroots game have migrated to them to address fixture change," Horne said. 

Sports minister Helen Grant intensified the argument in favour of the artificial turfs, calling on the football Conference ministers to allow the 3G pitches to be used in its league. 

"I believe that allowing 3G pitches in the Football Conference would now be a sensible step. Of course it is for the Football Conference in conjunction with the FA to make any decision on the use of 3G pitches," she said. 

"I will continue to press the case for a change of the rules and will be holding formal discussions over the coming weeks," Grant added. 

The FA has claimed that there are close to 600 quality artificial pitches in England, that could be possibly used at competition level. 


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