The Maverick menís and womenís soccer programs are now the only NCAA Division I teams that can call a FIFA 2-Star field...
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FIFA Awards UNO Soccer Pitch Prestigious Rating

Omaha Athletics | June 05, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - The new University of Nebraska Omaha soccer pitch at Caniglia Field, installed by Hellas Construction, has received the prestigious FIFA Recommended 2-Star certification, the highest synthetic turf rating from FIFA, the international governing body of soccer.

The Maverick soccer programs are now the only NCAA Division I teams that can call a FIFA 2-Star field their home, distinguishing Caniglia Field as the elite synthetic turf in Division I soccer. Only four synthetic turf fields in the U.S. currently hold the FIFA Recommended 2-Star certification, which lasts for one year but is eligible for a new test each year. Joining Al F. Caniglia Field among that elite group are CenturyLink Field (Seattle Sounders), Gillette Stadium (New England Revolution) and North Shore United soccer club in Cedarburg, Wis.

"This is tremendously significant for our athletic department," Associate Athletic Director Mike Kemp said. "This will be the only FIFA 2-Star field in the area and will enable us to attract any number of national and international soccer events to our campus. It's something to celebrate and an outstanding recruiting advantage for both of our soccer programs. We’re fortunate to have the finest playing surface possible for our soccer student-athletes to reach their peak levels of performance.”

The FIFA 1-and 2-Star certifications were formulated to classify high-quality synthetic turf pitches. A 2-Star field meets the highest standards and passes strict on-the-field testing for performance and safety. Since 2004, only synthetic turfs that are 2-Star certified can qualify to host FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions.

The rating was issued after a series of tests performed by a FIFA approved testing agent to examine the quality, comfort, safety and performance of the playing surface. Caniglia Field features an infill that enhances stability, reduces the field temperature and creates more natural playing characteristics to help decrease the risk of injuries.

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