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FIFA Soccer Ball Testing Criteria

Information graciously provided by FIFA. www.fifa.com

FIFA APPROVED BALL LOGO

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These are the tests which have to be passed before either the FIFA Approved, the FIFA Inspected or the International Matchball Standard (technically equal to FIFA Inspected but royalty free) designation is awarded. The first six tests are common to all three marks, but the seventh (Shape and Size Retention) only applies to candidates for the higher FIFA Approved logo. Each individual test is also tougher for FIFA Approved soccer balls.
  1. Circumference
  2. Sphericity
  3. Rebound
  4. Water Absorption
  5. Weight
  6. Loss of Pressure
  7. Shape and Size Retention

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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 the measured 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 20░C

Rebound at 5░C

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. 20░C) and 65% humidity.
Exception: Rebound measured at 20░C and at 5░C.

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. 1.0 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. 20░C) and 65% humidity.

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