Malaysia National Hockey Stadium Becomes 1st & 2nd FIH Global Elite Pitches in History

11 December 2017

The International Hockey Federation FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf includes the certification of hockey fields to ensure that surfaces are being built to the highest standards. FIH Certified Fields are independently testedon how the ball interacts with the playing surface, the comfort and performance levels to ensure the well-being and protection of players, and confirming that the field has been built to the dimensions, line marking, slope and surface drainage requirements of the FIH. The Global Elite certificate is given to a surface that meets the requirements for the highest level of FIH international competition. Act Global's Xtreme Turf surfaces for Malaysia National Hockey Stadium,the main field and training fieldin Kuala Lumpur, both achieved this certificate by using an elite performance nylon wet-hockey system. They are the first ever Global Elite certified pitches in the world.

The Malaysia National Hockey Stadiumserves as a multi-use stadium in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the home of the Malaysia Men’s and Women’s National Field Hockey Teams and was the official competition surface for the 2017 South East Asian Games (SEA Games). It has been used for the national team’s field hockey matches and hosted competitions for the 2002 Men’s Hockey World Cup, 1999 and 2003 Hockey Asia Cup, 1982 Hockey Junior World Cup, 2000 Hockey Junior Asia Cup and 1998 Commonwealth Games. The stadium has been a pillar for growing and sustaining the game of hockey and will continue to do so with its Global Elite surface.

Act Global partnered with Sport Tech Pro to install this Xtreme Turf elite performance pitch. The nylon surface was produced by Act Global’s plant in Europe and it was designed to offer superior water retention, meaning the field stays wetter for longer which allows it to withstand the Malaysian heat.The flat, fast surface contains fibres that enhance player footing and stick movement while permitting consistent ball roll. As a FIH Preferred Supplier, Act Global is committed to the highest industry standards and continues to engineer high performing systems, suitable for all levels of play.

The Malaysia National Hockey main stadium pitch and training pitch are Act Global’s3rd and 4th FIH Certified Fields in Malaysia.