Civil engineers from Italy are working on a football field that could double the area of the pitch.
The first prototypes are being constructed at the National Academy of Civil Engineering (CAE) in Turin, and the new field is being tested at the Italian football federation’s headquarters in Turino.
The field could be ready to be used by the end of the year.
“We’ve created a new field with a minimum of materials,” said Dr. Gianluca Caruzzi, who heads the CAE’s Civil Engineering department.
“It is a prototype, but in principle it could be built and tested within a year.”
The new field could have two rows of 15 metres each and four rows of 25 metres each.
It would be able to accommodate players with an average height of over 1m and a maximum height of more than 2m.
The design has already been approved by the football federation.
The next step is for the project to go through a trial.
“If the field proves to be suitable, we will introduce it in the professional league,” said Caruzzio.
The aim is to have the field up and running by 2020.
“We’ll be working on this field to make sure that it’s perfect for the future, and also to prepare for future competitions,” said a CAE spokesperson.