India’s potential as a football turf haven with Massimo Seghezzi

The Council sits with Radici Pietro’s Massimo Seghezzi to understand the issues that crop up from having artificial turf in India, and how they can be solved.

In a first at Nation of Sport, we sat down with Massimo Seghezzi who is looking to help football in India solve its turf issues. Seghezzi is Director of the global artificial turf business of the Radici Pietro Group of Industries. This was his first professional trip to India; we sat with him and picked his mind on his way out.

Seghezzi was generous with knowledge on how to pick the right turf for a tropical climate like that of India’s, what lessons the evolving Indian football market can take from Italy, and why there is a huge difference between a turf that “meets FIFA standards” and “is FIFA-certified”

Some of the points we touch upon are:

Seghezzi’s first impressions of India, and why there is a huge untapped market for sports infrastructure in India.

Lessons that the evolving Indian football market can take from Italian football

The types of turf that a suit the weather in a tropical country like India

The difference between a turf that “meets FIFA standards” and “is FIFA-certified”

Cricket’s possible evolution into using artificial turf