What are FIFA Soccer Ball Testing Criterias
The testing criteria for soccer balls is a strictly controlled area of expertise. For all balls that require the marks FIFA Approved and FIFA Inspected , they must undergo the rigorous testing process at the Swiss Federal laboratories for Materials Science and Technology St. Gallen facility. For the lesser mark the International Match Standard, the test can be performed at one of 7 or so FIFA approved centers.
All of the testing is very high tech, but the specs for the soccer balls that are tested has not really changed for many years. A few tweeks here and there, but basically the size and shape has stayed the same. The main differences are that soccer balls are now required to be all within very tight tolerances.
The players skills have moved on so the balls need to be able to keep up with them. With this in mind, FIFA have very strict specs that need to be followed before they will issue their mark.
Whether it is for outdoor, futsal, beach or junior, if a ball does not come up to scratch it does not get the mark. Why do we need such tight tolerances ? Well with so much riding on today’s game, I’m sure you will agree nobody wants a game ruined because the ball wasn’t good enough. These specs are rigid and tight but they are achievable, and they ensure that only the best is used for top flight football. See table below for the facts and figures.
Test Criteria for Outdoor Soccer footballs:
Test Criteria for Beach Soccer footballs
Test Criteria for Futsal footballs
Information taken from FIFA Official Website
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