Minimal change of direction


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

Futsal Test:
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.

FIFA INSPECTED ball is allowed to deviate by 7.5° and a FIFA APPROVED ball by a maximum of 5°. This ensures that the FIFA licensed balls are perfectly controllable in every situation