Effects of the Advancement of Artificial Turf Playing Surfaces on the Sport of Soccer
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The growing popularity and specialization into the sport of soccer has increased the need for proper field management. In many areas over the past decade organizations have chosen to go to an alternative playing surface. While much controversy surrounds this decisions this study looks to debunk any myths, discover budgetary facts and explore any health and safety issues associated with different types of playing surfaces for soccer. Focusing mostly on college and professional levels, as those have the most document and reported evidence, we can start to take a look at the affects on the youth programs as well as the culture of soccer as a whole. Is a natural grass playing surface better than an artificial turf playing surface? If so for what reasons?