The Innovation Blog

The Innovation Blog provides an insight into the technology developments and quality standards in football but also highlights how other sports manage technology.

04 May 2021

Launch of the FIFA Innovation Programme

The FIFA Innovation Programme is a new initiative that aims at dealing with innovative products that enter the market but are not ready for use in the game of football. These may include new products brought to the market by start-ups or variations of existing products that do not meet existing standards and requirements due to their innovative nature.

12 March 2021

FIFA Preferred Provider initiative launched for EPTS

FIFA is launching the FIFA Preferred Provider (FPP) initiative within the FIFA Quality Programme for Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS) as another major milestone in this rapidly growing area of football technology.

22 February 2021

Quality Programme for Footballs starts a Technical Advisory Group

Following the example of the Quality Programme for Football Turf, FIFA has recently launched a Technical Advisory Group for its Quality Programme for Footballs.

25 January 2021

Assessing the quality of player tracking data generated using broadcast footage

In light of growing demand for more cost-efficient match analysis technologies, the launch of a new standard within the FIFA Quality Programme for Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems aims to contribute to the democratisation of football technologies.

27 October 2020

VAR "light" concept taking shape

The FIFA Working Group for Innovation Excellence met on 27 October to coordinate the next steps in the development of VAR technology. Meeting for the fourth time, 13 competition organisers, who are experienced with the use of VAR technology, used a videoconference to discuss the latest developments.

21 October 2020

FIFA launches new quality standard to boost football development

With a view to advancing quality standards and directing research towards innovative development, over 400 representatives of the football industry and football’s stakeholders, including FIFA’s member associations, the confederations and major leagues along with attendees from the world of research/testing recently gathered online for FIFA’s third Quality Programme Conference and Research Symposium.

06 July 2020

Help FIFA improve understanding of the game through research

The FIFA 2.0 Vision outlines FIFA’s objectives for the development of football and the football experience over the next years. One of the pillars of this strategy is leveraging technology and generating knowledge that will help to improve the game of football at all levels.

22 June 2020

FIFA engages with players to further the development of playing surfaces

Playing surfaces are a key element for players to perform to the best of their ability, hence FIFA used the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ to conduct a comprehensive survey of all participating teams.

03 June 2020

Your chance to improve the game by studying ball-surface interactions with FIFA

The manufacturing of footballs has evolved immensely in the last decade with thermal bonding, new panel shapes and innovative materials being seen more and more regularly.

18 May 2020

VAR “light” systems tested at the second test event

The KNVB Campus hosted a two-day VAR technology test event on 4-5 March 2020 under the umbrella of FIFA and its new working group for innovation excellence.