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Since January 1, 1996 only those outdoor footballs which have been tested and meet the demanding quality criteria, bearing either of the official markings 'FIFA Approved', 'FIFA Inspected' or 'International Matchball Standard,' are allowed to be used in FIFA competition matches and competition matches under the auspices of the six continental Confederations. As of January 1, 2000 the quality testing and certification has also become compulsory for indoor footballs used for international matches under the auspices of FIFA and the Confederations.

Laws of the Game, Law 2 - The Ball

Futsal Laws of the Game, Law 2 - The Ball

FIFA Quality Concept

The FIFA Quality Concept for Footballs is a test programme for outdoor and indoor footballs. Manufacturers have the possibility to enter into a licensing agreement for the use of the prestigious 'FIFA Approved' and 'FIFA Inspected' Quality Marks on footballs which have passed a rigorous testing procedure. As an alternative there is the possibility to use the wording 'International Matchball Standard'. Footballs bearing this designation have passed the same quality requirements as 'FIFA Inspected' footballs. The use of this designation is however not subject to a licence fee.

There are two levels of criteria for the three designations. Footballs applying for the category 'FIFA Inspected' or the technically equivalent 'International Matchball Standard' must pass the following six rigorous laboratory tests:

  1. Weight
  2. Circumference
  3. Sphericity
  4. Loss of Air Pressure
  5. Water Absorption
  6. Rebound

    Footballs applying for the higher 'FIFA Approved' mark must pass the six tests at an even more demanding level and must undergo an additional test:

  7. Shape and Size Retention (Shooting Test)
Click on one of the links below to see an overview of the detailed test criteria for the 'FIFA Approved' and 'FIFA Inspected' categories including outdoor and indoor footballs.

Outdoor Football Test Criteria

Indoor Football Test Criteria

OUTDOOR FOOTBALL TEST CRITERIA

Property Ball Size 5 Ball Size 4 Specifications
  Approved Inspected Inspected
Weight 420 - 445 grams 410 - 450 grams 350 - 390 grams ball pressure: 0.8 bar
Circumference 68.5 - 69.5 cm 68.0 - 70.0 cm 63.5 - 66.0 cm ball pressure: 0.8 bar
Sphericity max. 1.5 % max. 2 % max. 2 % ball pressure: 0.8 bar(deviation of themeasured mean value)
Loss of Pressure max. 20 % max. 25 % max. 25 % ball pressure: 1.0 bar at the start of the test max. loss of air after3 days (72h)
Water Absorption average water uptake of the initial weight of the tested balls: 10%

max. water uptake per ball not to exceed 15%

average water uptake of the initial weight of the tested balls: 15%

max. water uptake per ball not to exceed 20%

average water uptake of the initial weight of the tested balls: 15%

max. water uptake per ball not to exceed 20%

ball pressure: 0.8 bar tank filled with water2 cm height 250 compressions with constant ball rotation, ball deformation max. 25%
Rebound at 20C

Rebound at 5C

120 - 165 cm

min. 120 cm

max. difference between lowest and highest rebound per ball tested: 10cm

115 - 165 cm

min. 110 cm

max. difference between lowest and highest rebound per ball tested: 10cm

110 - 160 cm

min. 110 cm

max. difference between lowest and highest rebound per ball tested: 10cm

ball pressure: 0.8 bar each ball being dropped 10 times (on to different panels) from a height of 2 meters onto a steel plate
Shape and Size Retention Test including change of pressure
  • increase in circumference
  • deviation on sphericity
  • change of pressure
Measured after 2000 kicks seams and air-valve undamaged

max. 1.5 cm

max. 1.5%

max. 0.1 bar

  ball pressure: 0.8 bar shooting onto a steel panel at approx. 50 km/h

Shooting length: 2.50 m

Tests are conducted at room temperature (approx. 20C) and 65% humidity.
Exception: Rebound measured at 20C and at 5C.

INDOOR FOOTBALL TEST CRITERIA

Property Approved Inspected Specifications
Weight 410 - 430 grams 400 - 440 grams ball pressure: 0.6 bar
Circumference 62.5 - 63.5 cm 62.0 - 64.0 cm ball pressure: 0.6 bar
Sphericity max. 1.5 % max. 2 % ball pressure: 0.6 bar
Loss of Pressure max. 20 % max. 25 % ball pressure: 0.6 bar at the start of the test max. loss of air after 3 days (72h)
Rebound 55 - 65 cm 50 - 65 cm ball pressure: 0.6 bar each ball being dropped from a height of 2 meters onto a wooden floor
Balance max. 5 % max. 7.5 % ball pressure: 0.6 bar ball being rolled down an inclined slope onto a table with predetermined rolling direction / angle deviation of rolling direction is measured.
Shape and Size Retention Test including change of pressure
  • increase in circumference
  • deviation on sphericity
  • change of pressure
Measured after 2000 kicks seams and air-valve undamaged

max. 1.5 cm

max. 1.5%

max. 0.1 bar

  ball pressure: 0.6 bar shooting onto a steel panel at approx. 50 km/h

Shooting length: 2.50 m

Tests will be conducted at room temperature (approx. 20C) and 65% humidity.

Click on one of the links below to see a complete list of Licensees under the FIFA Quality Concept for Footballs or test laboratories authorised to perform the testing.

Licensees

Selected Testing Laboratories



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