About the programme

The goal of the programme is to improve the game and to protect the players, clubs and associations by endorsing products which comply with the highest safety and quality standards. The research that the quality programme is built on includes in-depth studies, surveys and analyses of players’ needs and encompasses various aspects of safety, performance, durability, quality assurance and playing comfort. These studies have been carried out in collaboration with an outstanding research network consisting of universities, test institutes, sports organisations, standard institutes and independent consultants from all over the world.

Besides technical requirements, the FIFA Quality Programme also accounts for ethical standards. Social responsibility is an integral part of the certification criteria and assures compliance with ethical business practices in terms of child labour, working hours, health and safety requirements, and environmental responsibility as laid down in the code of conduct of the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).

If a product is tested and the test results are compliant with all of the standards, the product can be certified by FIFA and will be awarded one of the FIFA QUALITY labels. The different quality categories have been tailored according to the needs of the players.

 

Areas of research

  • Safety

    The safety of athletes and all others involved in the game of football must be guaranteed. For every project in the FIFA Quality Programme, extensive tests are conducted and continuous research is performed to ensure that health and injury risks are minimised. These tests range from material analysis to mechanical and biomechanical (including medical) studies of the product in question.

  • Durability

    In order to truly develop football, all related products must withstand a reasonable amount of use over time. Through wear-and-tear tests and repeated simulations of use, the FIFA Quality Programme seeks to ensure that the end user's investment will last. Research into tests to better assess and thus improve the product lifespan is therefore another key area.

  • Performance

    For football to be played in the best possible conditions, all related equipment must perform at the highest level. Test methods are developed based on objective comparisons as well as the requirements of players and all others involved in the game. With its different categories, the FIFA Quality Programme aims to tailor the product to the needs of the specific group.

  • Quality Assurance

    Under the FIFA Quality Programme, the product must meet the end user's high expectations. This area therefore consists of helping the user to better understand the product, performing regular spot testing of approved products and ensuring manufacturers' compliance with codes of conduct, such as international labour standards.