Join ESTO

If you wish to apply for full or associate membership, please select your appropriate membership type complete the relevant application form and send it to the ESTO secretariat.

General conditions for membership:

  • Potential member companies should be operating for at least 3 years
  • Potential member companies should fall into at least one of the categories listed on the
    application form
  • Potential member companies should have their headquarters and/or main capacities in Europe (=any country which has a country/state affiliation to UEFA (Union European Football Associations))

Full Member

Associate members can apply for full membership after 1 year of membership (and starting on January 1). To be eligible for full membership, applying companies must have attended Congress and WG meetings during the previous year. Applications for full membership are to be approved by the Council.
The annual fee for full members is 8.000 €.

Full member benefits

  • Only full members can be elected to ESTO Council and therefore be part of the decision-making process and strategic direction
  • Rotating vertical and horizontal adverts on the ESTO website homepage
  • Designated use of full member logo
  • Where appropriate, put the company logo on ESTO publications

Associate Member

Conditions for associate membership

Yarn manufacturer

  • should be a company producing yarn for the production of synthetic turf

Licensed sports turf manufacturer

  • should be a tufting company producing synthetic turf
  • should individually possess a contract with FIFA on the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf or have a contract with FIH or World Rugby on similar synthetic turf programmes.

Subsidiary/brand

  • any Mother Company or Group Company which is a full member can have additional brands, subsidiaries etc as full
    members for an additional 3.000 €. The Mother Company or Group Company must have a minimum 51%
    shareholding in that company.

Landscape and Turf Manufacturer

  • should be a tufting company producing synthetic turf

Contractor

  • takes full responsibility of the synthetic turf installation
  • should have realized 10 synthetic turf projects in the last 3 years (evidence to be provided)
  • recommendation by an ESTO sports or landscaping turf manufacturer or yarn manufacturer is mandatory

Installer

  • installs synthetic turf fields
  • should have realized 10 synthetic turf projects in the last 3 years (evidence to be provided)
  • recommendation by an ESTO licensed sports turf manufacturer, turf company or yarn manufacturer is mandatory

Maintenance company

  • recommendation by an ESTO licensed sports turf manufacturer or turf company is mandatory

Test institute

  • should be an institute testing sports systems or components for sports systems
  • should be accredited by a sports governing body (evidence to be provided) and certified according to ISO 17025

Suppliers and supplier-trading companies with Group turnover of less than 4 million €

  • should provide audited statement of turnover to be less than 4 million €

Architects/project manager

  • is responsible for the design and planning of synthetic turf projects
  • should have realized 10 synthetic turf projects in the last 3 years (evidence to be provided)

Independent Consultant

  • advises on synthetic turf fields (should not be – or be seen as – a supplier to the industry at the same time)

Universities

  • National, European or International Sports governing bodies. This could include leagues, clubs.