The German Football Association (DFB) has seen miniature soccer pitches being built nationwide since 2008 as a result of its “1,000 mini-pitches for Germany” campaign. The idea was to follow up the FIFA World Cup in Germany with a sustainable scheme to develop the talents of young footballers. This unique campaign, in which Polytan is an official project partner and general contractor, has been a long-running success story: the sports surface specialist is extremely successful at designing and installing mini-pitches all over the world today. These have since matured into the PolyPlay Arena, a multi-purpose integrated system. The version with a solid foundation carries the TÜV Süd GS quality seal.
Conventional mini-pitches are the perfect combination of fun and football, as all age groups can use them for a kickabout whenever they feel like it. They are as popular among clubs as they are in schools or in public grounds. The typical DFB mini-pitch measures 20 x 13 m and consists of a playing surface with synthetic turf, two goals, a fence surround and high ball-stop netting. They generally have solid foundations below the fence surround system and an elastic layer which is easy on the joints and protects players from injury. Side and roof nets can be added if required.
The popular football courts were first developed in 2008 and have been continuously improved ever since. They are now available as multi-use PolyPlay Arenas in numerous designs for various kinds of sport. They come in the standard sizes of 15 x 10 m, 20 x 13 m, 30 x 15 m and 40 x 20 m or can be custom-built to cater for individual requirements. All Polytan mini-pitches and PolyPlay Arenas comply with DIN EN 15312 for freely accessible multi-sports equipment.