Let’s kick it!

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The resuming of the soccer season is a strong signal of rebirth in our country. The rebirth involves a sports industry that counts 13,000 soccer fields, that need to be managed and maintained.

 

Soccer is the fourth Italian industry, with 32 million fans, one and a half million members, almost 13,000 Italian companies and 83,000 clubs (FIGC).

Amateur soccer represents the leading drive of the sports sector in Italy, representing 25% of the members in all CONI federations.

50% of the 13,000 soccer fields is made of real turf, 18% of artificial turf, 13% of clay. Indoor soccer fields are made of other materials, which are often combined with one another, such as wood.

There is a huge business that makes soccer possible as it is: there are those who play and those who sit in an office, there are the managers of the turf, who decide about the remaking and care, and technicians who operate the machines. Around the fields there are also infrastructures. The soccer industry involves producers, specialised technicians and distributors. Moreover, there are the fans, who cover a good part of the industry and help sustain it.

A few figures regarding stadiums. From 2007 to 2017, 14 billion Euro have been invested in the building and/or renewing of stadiums in Europe. Poland (26 stadiums), Germany (16), Turkey (13) and France (11) lead the chart. Russia has invested 2,2 billion Euro in the construction of 6 new stadiums.

The soccer business can be developed even further, and many Italian companies could certainly get involved in it.

Let’s not forget that turf is protagonist not only within the stadium, but also in its outer premises. It could soon happen in Milan that a new stadium will be built, with a grand green infrastructure that will revolve around the old San Siro building and its surroundings, with multi-sport fields, cycle paths and outdoor gyms.