This article is from my local rag. Hadn't seen anything on it on websites I follow. Anybody heard anything else/different?? From Register news services UEFA, European soccer's ruling body, said it will allow competitive matches to be played on artificial turf starting next season. The decision was made by the association's executive committee in Vienna, Austria, after studies about the sporting and medical implications of using artificial playing surfaces, UEFA said on its Web site. Teams in Scotland, Austria, Russia and Scandinavia already use synthetic turf for domestic games, and England's Football Association is poised to lift its ban on artificial surfaces, the Sunday Telegraph said this weekend.