European Research Centre for Artificial Turf, certified by FIFA, FIH and IRB

ERCAT is the artificial turf research and testing centre at the Department of Textiles (Faculty of Engineering) of Ghent University and offers you:

Lab tests

ERCAT is one of the labs worldwide that is recognized by FIFA and IRB to do make classifications for football and rugby products.
ERCAT is recognized by FIH to make hockey lab classifications.

In the ERCAT laboratory, we can control and investigate new artificial turf structures and yarns. Therefore ERCAT is controlling the ball-surface and player-surface interaction, but also the wear of the artificial turf.
ERCAT can also help you with CE marking, because we are accredited for the fire tests.

Field tests

ERCAT is recognized by FIFA, IRB and FIH to do field test all over the world for football, rugby and hockey fields.
In these tests, the interaction between the ball and the surface, and between the player and the surface is examined.
This control is a guarantee for the quality of your artificial turf and playing characteristics of the field.


ERCAT can help you with your subbase. The stability and water permeability can be controlled with Prima light weight deflectomer (LWD) or with impulsator for sand and lava based systems.


ERCAT is more than a testing laboratory. For many years the department is performing intense research into the optimization of artificial turf fibres and structures. The most recent knowledge of polymer and fibre technology is appealed to, supported by an extensive set of testing and measuring devices for both laboratory and field tests.
Therefore ERCAT has a bicomponent monofilament lab line.

ERCAT has developed new test methods: 12m-lisport, favimat resilience of 1 filament, IR-lisport, flat UV tester, …

ERCAT is cooperating with the following departments of Ghent University:

  • Department of Textiles
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Department of Movement and Sport Science
  • Department of Soil Management


Procedure for FIFA tests

 On the FIFA website, you can read the complete procedure for FIFA field and lab tests.

This is the procedure for FIFA field tests in short:

1.  Producer of the football turf asks FIFA for a FIFA field test number

2.  ERCAT comes to field to do the field test

3.  During the field test, the maintenance equipment must be available for inspection

4.  A ball roll ramp must be present

5.  1m² of the installed carpet and 5kg sand and rubber must be put at ERCAT’s disposal

6.  After the field test, the carpet and the infill materials are tested in the ERCAT lab

7.  The results are sent to FIFA

8.  If the product meets the FIFA requirements, FIFA will grant a field test certificate