Futsal test: Minimal change of direction
Futebol de salão – or Futsal for short – is the small, little brother of football. In South America, where this version of the game has its roots, Futsal was a part of growing up for stars like Pele, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho: they all began their careers with Futsal. FIFA has recognised the potential of this fast-tempo game and is organising the FIFA Futsal World Cup since 1989. FIFA also tests and licenses the Futsal balls. This ensures that the balls are always of the highest quality.
What’s special about Futsal?
|Test criteria||FIFA APPROVED||FIFA INSPECTED|
|Weight||410 – 430 g||400 – 440 g|
|Circumference||62.5 – 63.5 cm||62.0 – 64.0 cm|
|Deviation of roundness||max. 1.5 %||max. 2.0 %|
|Pressure loss||max. 20 %||max. 25 %|
|Rebound||55 – 65 cm||50 – 65 cm|
|Deviation of direction||max. 5º||max. 7.5º|
In addition, FIFA APPROVED balls are permitted after 2,000 kicks to alter by a maximum of just 1.0 cm in diameter, 1.5% in roundness and 0.1 bar in pressure.
The seven tests
that a football
has to pass to receive
a FIFA quality mark
Minimal change of direction
A player who wants to control the Futsal ball perfectly has to rely not only on his own ability, but also on the ball itself. That is why FIFA has developed an additional quality test uniquely for Futsal balls. This involves rolling three balls down a ramp in 24 different directions to measure the angle of any deviations.