World Governing Soccer Body Gives Starfire’s FieldTurf Stamp of Approval

Tukwila, Wash. - Starfire Sports, a non-profit corporation dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and empowering youth participation in sports, today announced that its soccer-only stadium field surfaced with all-weather FieldTurf, has received FIFA recommended status, permitting sanctioned international play.

Starfire Sports is only the eighth facility in the United States to feature an artificial playing surface and be awarded “recommended” status by FIFA, (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the world governing body for soccer.

FieldTurf is the newest generation of artificial surface systems which emulate the playing characteristics of natural grass, provide increased player comfort and safety, and offers lower maintenance costs and extended usage opportunities. Starfire Sports operates a total of four soccer fields that are surfaced with FieldTurf, including its 2000-seat soccer-only stadium field that serves as a centerpiece for youth and adult tournaments.

The FIFA Quality Concept for Artificial Turf was developed to standardize artificial turf quality, to ensure the safety of soccer players and to encourage further developments in the industry. In order to qualify for its FIFA license, Starfire Sports had to go through a series of rigorous tests conducted under laboratory conditions, including tests for durability, climatic resistance, player-to-surface interaction and ball-to-surface interaction. FIFA also assessed the installation of Starfire’s artificial surface, including the preparation of the sub-base and the composition of the existing sub-soil.

“The development of a truly world-class soccer facility has been a founding cornerstone for Starfire Sports,” said Chris Slatt, chairman and CEO of Starfire Sports. “FIFA’s recommendation of the facility reinforces our world-class concept and demonstrates our commitment to providing only the very best for kids of all abilities, inspiring them to play.”

“The Pacific Northwest plays host to some of the most adverse weather conditions in the nation,” said John Gilman, CEO of FieldTurf. “Starfire’s use of FieldTurf will make the sport more available, safe and enjoyable year-round, regardless of climactic conditions.”

About Starfire Sports

Starfire Sports is a Washington non-profit corporation and is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the IRS. Starfire provides the opportunity for all youth to experience the positive impact of team sports through programs at the premier soccer and softball tournament facility on the West Coast. The organization operates the 54-acre family sports complex in Tukwila, WA, which includes a state-of-the-art athletic center, outdoor soccer stadium, and eleven athletic fields. The complex provides a platform for Starfire’s training and outreach programs and a place for youth and adult teams throughout the region to play. For further information on the company, please visit

About FieldTurf

Over the past few years, the quality and performance of FieldTurf’s patented system has resulted in over 950 installations in more than 40 countries and has made it the first choice for top stadiums around the world. FieldTurf is a privately held company that has revolutionized the artificial turf industry with its patented products and installation technologies. FieldTurf offers a full range of artificial grass solutions. For more information on FieldTurf, please visit, or call (800) 724-2969.

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