Rizal Memorial Stadium Becomes First Football Pitch In The Philippines To Receive FIFA Accreditation
Good news for fans of the beautiful game: the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) just announced that the Rizal Memorial Stadium has received the highest rating for artificial football turf from the Federation Internationale de Football Association, better known as FIFA. The newly achieved, FIFA recommended 2-Star designation is a requirement for top level football competitions by UEFA and FIFA, and Rizal Stadium received the accreditation after extensive testing by Track Master, an independent technical testing body.
The Philippines may not have won a world cup yet, but now the country at least has a football pitch worthy of one in the shape of the artificial turf at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The venue received the highest field certification from FIFA thanks to its new Limonta Max S Artificial Turf System, installed by Limonta’s Philippine partner, E-sports International. PSC Chair Ricardo R. Garcia was obviosuly quite happy about this and commented: “The PSC is proud to provide our Filipino athletes with a pitch that has the highest levels of quality, safety and durability. The FIFA 2-Star accreditation means that our players will be playing on a pitch that is on par with some of the world’s best football pitches. This is a great day for Philippine football.
The FIFA certification was awarded after a number of stringent field and laboratory tests and is valid for 12 months, after which it can be retested. It makes Rizal Memorial Stadium the first and only FIFA 2-Star pitch in the Philippines and represents an important step forward in the continuing growth of football in the country.