About footballs

The FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs was introduced in 1996 to harmonise and improve the quality of footballs. Ongoing developments and improvements aim to meet the increasing demands of the game.

Footballs

The FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs focuses on the ball – the very heart of the game. Only balls that have passed a rigorous testing procedure are awarded one of the prestigious FIFA quality labels.

Laws of the Game

Under Law 2 of the Laws of the Game, all balls used in international matches organised by FIFA or the confederations have to bear either a FIFA quality mark (FIFA QUALITY PRO or FIFA QUALITY) or the “IMS – International Match Standard” mark.

These logos indicate that a ball has been officially tested and found to be in compliance with specific technical requirements, different for each logo and additional to the minimum specifications stipulated in Law 2. The list of additional requirements specific to each of the logos must be approved by The International Football Association Board. The institutes that conduct the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.

Member association competitions may also require the use of balls bearing one of these three logos.

FIFA Quality logos

FIFA quality and International Match Standard marks

60+ licensees

More than 60 licensees

1,000+

More than 1,000 certified football models

Quality assurance

A football should respond in the very same way every time it is struck, whether it is in the 90th minute of a match or the very first touch. Otherwise, it would be unfair on the players and frustrating for the fans.

The FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs is a test programme for outdoor, futsal and beach soccer balls. Manufacturers can enter into a licensing agreement to use the prestigious FIFA QUALITY PRO and FIFA QUALITY marks on footballs that have passed a rigorous testing procedure.

The FIFA Quality Programme tests are used to assess footballs under laboratory conditions, subjecting them to even tougher conditions than they will probably ever endure during a normal game. Only balls that pass these tests receive one of the FIFA quality marks: FIFA QUALITY or the even higher standard, FIFA QUALITY PRO.

Everyone – from the world’s most famous professionals to schoolchildren having a kick-around at playtime – can ensure that they have a top-quality football by looking for the FIFA marks the next time they buy a ball. Find out more about all current footballs that bear a FIFA quality mark.

65%

Of certified balls are FIFA QUALITY PRO standard

22%

Of certified balls are FIFA QUALITY standard

13%

Of certified balls are IMS – International Match Standard

How does a ball receive a FIFA mark?

A ball must successfully pass the seven tests described in detail on this website to earn the FIFA QUALITY mark. The tests check the ball’s weight, circumference, roundness, bounce, water absorption, loss of pressure and shape and size retention.

To gain the top FIFA QUALITY PRO mark, a ball must pass these seven tests under even more demanding conditions.

Social responsibility

Social responsibility is a key issue for world football’s governing body, who wish to use football to effect positive social change. As part of this responsibility, FIFA works very closely with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).

Donation of licence fees: all licence fees from this project are donated to social projects as part of the Football for Hope movement. By purchasing a football with either the “FIFA QUALITY” or “FIFA QUALITY PRO” mark, buyers automatically support FIFA’s efforts to promote social development through football, safe in the knowledge that the working conditions during the manufacturing process also meet internationally recognised standards.

Research and development

The standards for FIFA-certified balls are continually being raised. Even the slightest flaw in a ball will influence the way it flies through the air and rolls along the ground. The FIFA Quality Programme strives to continually improve the quality of FIFA-certified balls, which is why the criteria that are in place are subjected to regular reviews and, if necessary, amended accordingly.