FIFA funds MSU research for 2026 North American World Cup grass

Michigan State University’s board has approved a partnership with the International Federation of Association Football, or FIFA, in which the global soccer overseer will fund research and development of natural grass playing surfaces for the 2026 North American World Cup.

Many of the cup’s games will be played in covered, artificial-turf, NFL stadiums. To meet FIFA’s mandate of natural grass playing surfaces, the researchers will have to design turfgrass systems which can be temporarily placed inside the stadiums and remain playable for up to 60 days.

Read the full article by Alex Walters at The State News.