Waterford United's Regional Sports Centre has held onto its position as the best football pitch in Ireland in the latest PFAI Pitch Rating TableThe Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland has released its Pitch Rating Table for June, with Waterford United's Regional Sports Centre holding onto top spot/ Dundalk's Oriel Park slipped down the table and is now considered the worst football pitch in Ireland.
Players from all the Airtricity League clubs give a rating out of 5 on various aspects of the pitches, looking at Run of the ball, Stability, General presentation, Grass coverage, and whether the pitch is watered or not.
At the end of each month, the PFAI publishes an up-to-date version of the table, which is aimed at encouraging the league clubs to keep to a certain standard.
In addition to this, the pitch which finishes top of the league at the end of the season will be presented with an award at the PFAI Annual Awards Banquet.
Speaking at the launch of the table, PFAI Player Executive Ollie Cahill said that teams should try to present the best possible facilities, particularly when being showcased on television: "We know about the difficulties groundsmen face being under resourced but with over 30 Premier Division games live on TV this season, it's imperative that the pitches are of a standard where players can showcase all that is good about this league."
In June's rankings, the RSC has held strong at 4.5, while Flancare Park has dropped points, seeing the Blues' ground hold on to first position.
Oriel Park is now at the foot of the table after SD Galway's Terryland Park improved its facilities this month. Monaghan United's ground, Gortakeegan, has been omitted from the table after the club's exit from the league.
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