To ensure the highest possible quality of outdoor, futsal and beach soccer balls and to make it instantly recognisable all around the world, FIFA introduced the FIFA Quality Programme. Footballs are tested in a laboratory and only balls that comply with FIFA’s high standards receive one of the quality marks: FIFA QUALITY or the even higher standard, FIFA QUALITY PRO.
A ball must successfully pass seven tests to qualify for one of the two labels. The tests check the ball’s weight, circumference, roundness, bounce, water absorption, loss of pressure and shape and size retention.
How the tests are implemented
The footballs are inflated with compressed air to a pressure of 0.8 ± 0.005 bar.
The air pressure in the football is measured with a pressure gauge, and between the pressure gauge and the needle is a valve, through which air can be released. The needle is lubricated with glycerine.
The footballs are conditioned for at least 24 hours at a standard temperature of 20°C ± 2°C and a relative humidity of 65% ± 5%.