The FIFA Quality Concept
A football should respond in the very same way every time it is struck, whether in the 90th minute of the match or straight from the first kick-off. Otherwise, it would be unfair on the players and frustrating for the fans.
Even the slightest flaw in the ball will influence the way it flies through the air and rolls along the ground, something that could change the result of the game.
The FIFA Quality Concept tests are to assess footballs under laboratory conditions, subjecting them to even tougher conditions than they will probably ever endure during a normal game. Only ball that pass the tests receive one of the FIFA quality marks: FIFA INSPECTED or the even higher standard of FIFA APPROVED.
The Laws of the Game demand that all balls used for international matches organized by FIFA or the confederations bear one of the FIFA quality marks or the “IMS International Matchball Standard” mark. The referee can then be sure that the matchball meets all the necessary requirements in terms of size, weight and so on, and he only needs to check the ball’s pressure.
Everyone – from the world’s most famous professionals to schoolchildren having a kick-around at playtime – can ensure that they have a top quality football by looking for the FIFA marks the next time they buy a ball.