Child labour


Child labour – score goals with a clear conscience

Most hand-stitched footballs are manufactured in Pakistan.

All manufacturers awarded one of FIFA marks are contractually obliged not to use child labour.

FIFA has pledged its commitments to fight child labour 
and has supported – since 1997 – the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) in its efforts. This joint initiative allows children from disadvantaged families to gain an education, something they urgently need to improve they future work prospects.

The profits generated by licensing fees from balls bearing the FIFA quality marks are passed on to a number of social development programmes that have children as beneficiaries through the Football for Hope movement.

Furthermore, FIFA supports SOS Children’s Villages in helping to provide homes for orphaned and underprivileged children as well as a large number of non-governmental organizations, using football as a tool for worldwide social and human development to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.


The seven tests
that a football
has to pass to receive
a FIFA quality mark

If you want a high quality ball that retains its important properties, you need only look for the FIFA INSPECTED or FIFA APPROVED quality mark.