Consultation on plans to create two new footballing hubs in Sheffield will now begin after the city council agreed a £10 million partnership with the Football Association.
The first proposed sites for 3G pitches are at Graves Leisure Centre in Norton and Thorncliffe Recreation Ground in High Green.
The FA revealed Sheffield would run the pilot scheme to boost the game at grassroots level.
Funding from the council will total £1.173m in phase one, but it is hoped investment will save on pitch maintenance in future.
Paul Billington, the council’s director of place, said at yesterday’s cabinet meeting: “This is good news for the city because it is a major investment in football and that will be a boost to sport and health in Sheffield.”
The meeting heard there are over 800 football teams in Sheffield.
Consultation on the first hubs will take place this month and next.