Pompey’s grounds team have been highly commended for their work on the Fratton Park surface throughout the 2022/23 season.
Pitch marks are awarded by both referees and the away team manager for all league matches in the EFL.
The top clubs from each division with the highest average are then visited by Neil Rodger from the Sports Turf Research Institute for further assessments.
This takes into consideration the quality of the pitch, as well as environmental conditions and usage, resources, management and sustainability.
Once all club visits have taken place, in-depth reports and recommendations are submitted to the Playing Surfaces Committee, where the winners are determined.
Derby collected the ‘Grounds Team of the Season’ award for League One, with Burnley and Newport winning the Championship and League Two prizes respectively.
But the quality of the Fratton Park pitch meant that Pompey were highly commended, along with Stoke, Watford, Ipswich, Carlisle and Stockport.
An EFL statement said: “Grounds teams throughout the EFL work tirelessly to make sure pitch surfaces are of a high quality through all weather and conditions, and the ‘Grounds Teams of the Season’ awards celebrate staff who have produced the best quality playing surfaces in each division.”
The winners of each division will be presented with a trophy and certificate, while highly commended clubs will receive a certificate.