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FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Laws of the Game

Laws of The Game Law 2 The Ball

LAWSOFTHEGAME2012-2013Qualities and measurements

The soccer/football is:

  •  spherical
  •  made of leather or other suitable material
  •  of a circumference of not more than 70 cm (28 ins) and not less than 68 cm (27 ins)
  •  not more than 450 g (16 oz) and not less than 410 g (14 oz) in weight at the start of the match
  •  of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 1.1 atmosphere (600 – 1,100 g/cm2) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in – 15.6 lbs/sq in)

 Replacement of a defective football/soccer ball

If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match:

  • the match is stopped;
  • the match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where;
  • the original ball became defective, unless play was stopped inside the goal area, in which case the referee drops the replacement ball on the goal area  line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the original ball was located when play was stopped.

If the ball bursts or becomes defective during a penalty kick or during kicks from the penalty mark as it moves forward and before it touches any player or the crossbar or goalposts:

  • the penalty kick is retaken
  • If the ball bursts or becomes defective whilst not in play at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick or throw-in:
  • the match is restarted accordingly
  • The ball may not be changed during the match without the authority of the referee (16 LAW 2 – THE BALL).

Decisions of the International F.A. Board

Decision 1

n addition to the requirements of Law 2, acceptance of a ball for use in matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA or the confederations is conditional upon the ball bearing one of the following:

Such a logo on a ball indicates that it has been tested officially 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 the additional requirements specific to each of the respective logos must be approved by the International F.A. Board. The institutes conducting the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.

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

Decision 2

In matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the member associations, no form of commercial advertising on the ball is permitted, except for the emblem of the competition, the competition organizer and the authorized trademark of the manufacturer. The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of such markings.

Decision 3

Where goal-line technology (GLT) is used, balls with integrated technology are allowed, but they must either be “FIFA APPROVED”, “FIFA INSPECTED” or “INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD” (see “Decision 1”).

Beach Soccer Rules Law 2 The Ball

Qualities and measurements

The ball:

  • is spherical;
  • is made of leather or another suitable material that is crush-proof and resistant to water and abrasion;
  • has a circumference of not less than 68 cm and not more than 70 cm;
  • weighs not less than 400 grams and not more than 440 grams at the start of the match;
  • has a pressure equal to 0.4–0.6 atmospheres at sea level.

Replacement of a defective beach soccer ball

If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match:

  • play is stopped;
  • the match is restarted in accordance with the provisions of Law 8.

If the ball bursts or is damaged while not in play (at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, direct free kick, penalty kick or ball inbound):
play is restarted in accordance with the Laws.13

Decisions

Decision 1

In addition to the requirements of Law 2, acceptance of a ball for use in matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA or the confederations is conditional upon the ball bearing one of the following:

  • the official “FIFA APPROVED” logo;
  • the official “FIFA INSPECTED” logo;
  • the “INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD” logo. Such a logo on a ball indicates that it has been tested officially 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 the additional requirements specific to each of the respective logos must be approved by the International F.A. Board. The institutes conducting the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.

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

Decision 2

In matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the member associations, no form of commercial advertising on the ball is permitted, except for the emblem of the competition, the competition organised and the authorized trademark of the manufacturer. The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of such markings.

Futsal Rules Law 2 The Ball

Qualities and measurements

The ball is:

  • spherical
  • made of leather or other approved material
  • of a circumference of not more than 64 cm and not less than 62 cm
  • not more than 440 g and not less than 400 g in weight at the start of the match
  • of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 0.9 atmosphere (600 – 900 g/cm2) at sea level
  • the ball may not bounce less than 50 cm or more than 65 cm on the first rebound when dropped from a height of 2 m

Replacement of a defective futsal ball:

If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match, the match is stopped:

  • the match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the original ball became defective, unless play was stopped inside the penalty area, in which case one of the referees drops the replacement ball on the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the original ball was located when play was stopped.
  • the match is restarted by retaking the kick if the ball bursts or becomes defective while a direct free kick without a wall, a kick from the second penalty mark or a kick from the penalty mark is being taken and does not touch the goalposts, the crossbar or a player and no infringement is committed.

If the ball bursts or becomes defective while not in play (at a kick-off, goal clearance, corner kick, dropped ball, free kick, penalty kick or ball inbound):

  • the match is restarted in accordance with the Futsal Laws of the Game

The ball may not be changed during the match without the authority of the referees.14 LAW 2 – THE BALL

Logos on balls

In addition to the requirements of Law 2, acceptance of a ball for use in matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA or the confederations is conditional upon the ball bearing one of the following:

  • the official “FIFA APPROVED” logo
  • the official “FIFA INSPECTED” logo
  • the “INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD” logo

Such a logo on a ball indicates that it has been tested officially 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 the additional requirements specific to each of the respective logos must be approved by the International F.A. Board. The institutes conducting the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.

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

Advertising

In matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the member associations, no form of commercial advertising on the ball is permitted, except for the emblem of the competition, the competition organiser and the authorised trademark of the manufacturer. The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of such markings.

copyright FIFA 1994-2013 – Laws of the Game


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