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.


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