How to beat the winter freeze: football’s frozen pitch dilemma

The latest issue of FourFourTwo includes my feature on undersoil heating and various other methods of beating the problem of frozen football pitches, including straw, braziers and a mysterious beer-like liquid.

“First mooted in 1937 yet only mandatory for Premier League clubs since this season, undersoil heating has endured a chequered history – starring frost, flame-throwers and a fuming Fergie.”

The issue also contains my piece on strange football tech, including electronic referee’s assistants, footballer brain stimulators, and robotic goalkeepers. Pleasingly, the latter piece is accompanied by a photo captioned as “quite possibly the strangest photo we’ve ever published”…

Read both articles in the February 2015 issue of FourFourTwo.

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Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK