THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ADDING LINES TO A PITCH
Until recently, I had never considered how the lines are put onto the pitch. When we were planning Urban Futbol, we just sent a plan to our turf supplier with the markings we wanted and didn't think more of it.
Our line cutting began yesterday, and what a process it is to measure out the dimensions of the field down to the millimeter. You read that right, millimeter.
The first line to be established is a touch line, and then a goal line. From there they can make sure the pitch is square, because buildings never are. Once the perimeter is marked then all of the other markings are determined using two measuring tapes staked in the ground at center and the center of the goal line. Markings are made for one half of the field at a time and then mirrored on the other side.
Once they're sure the lines are correct, they cut the green turf out and replace it with white turf, and the grain of the turf must be maintained, so that means a lot of tricky cutting for the curves. The white is glued in with white glue (and green glue for the green turf) and the glue needs to cure for about 24 hours. Once the glue is set the turf is brushed so that the strands stand up straight.
The last step is the many thousands of pounds of rubber crumb that will be spread by hand all over the field. The rubber provides support to players and prevents the turf from matting and going flat.
Once that is done - we invite you to come and play the field!