Football League decision to reject 3G upsets some clubs like Coventry City
Thirty-four clubs voted in favour of the proposals with thirty-four against and four abstentions at the meeting in Derby.
The Football League's Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "This vote is reflective of the fact that this issue divides opinion amongst clubs as much as it does across the football public.
"While the outcome is different to previous indicative votes, it demonstrates that there is still a desire amongst clubs to find out more about artificial playing surfaces before taking such a significant step."
Several clubs, including Coventry City had sought the views of fans and. In Coventry's case, City fans had earlier polled in favour of the use of the artificial surface on the Ricoh Arena pitch with 61 per cent supporting the proposals.