World Cup 2014: How hybrid pitches are made
17 June 2014 Last updated at 00:01 BST
Hybrid pitches, which mix natural grass with man-made fibres, have become standard in English Premiership football.
David Nicholls of Dutch firm Desso - one of the companies that specialise in making this kind of pitch - explained to BBC News how they constructed one for one of the flagship stadiums of the World Cup in Brazil.
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