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EFL ‘To Discuss’ 3G Pitches Next Month

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The Football League are to again discuss the use of 3G pitches in their competition next month.

Pressure has been put on the EFL to introduce plastic surfaces following advances in technology.

England played their World Cup qualifier with Lithuania on an artificial pitch on Sunday – and some matches in Russia will see 3G used.

The National League have wanted to subject put back on the agenda but, as it currently stands, any club who wins promotion must dig up their plastic and replace it with grass.

Maidstone United, Sutton United and Bromley don’t play on turf – with Tamworth, Harrogate, Oxford City and Eastbourne Borough in Step 2 opting for a synthetic pitch.

But the EFL have confirmed proposals will be discussed next month.

An Football League spokesman said: “We are aware of the commercial and financial opportunities clubs could gain access to by operating dual-use stadiums.

“We of course want to support our clubs to maximise their potential and service local communities as widely as possible.

“Therefore, the use of artificial pitches will be discussed and the matter will be debated with clubs at upcoming club meetings in November.”

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