FIFA launches world’s first Quality Programme for Futsal Floor Surfaces
Besides 11-a-side football, FIFA is also the governing body for various other formats of the game including Futsal.
As part of a strategy to develop the game and provide guidelines for Member Associations, the FIFA Quality Programme has launched a Quality Programme and put in place a Handbook of Test Methods for Futsal Flooring Surfaces.
As with the other Quality Programmes, the aim is neither to promote specific products nor to interfere in the market and block innovation, but to describe surfaces in a technical way that are best suited for use in Futsal.
At this stage of the development, FIFA is very aware of the multi-purpose use of indoor halls that Futsal is played in alongside other sports such as Volleyball or Basketball. The standard “FIFA Quality” level reflects this by having tolerances that other sports are able to meet while at the same time narrowing the requirements of the EN14904 standard to better suit the game of Futsal, including some refined methods and methods used in the testing of Football Turf. As it stands the use of FIFA Quality surfaces will be recommended but not mandatory through the Laws of The Game, however future versions of the Laws of The Game may change it to mandatory.
A “FIFA Quality Pro” level will be developed over the next years by gaining further player insights and preferences through research. The 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup provides a fantastic opportunity to amend and strengthen the existing quality programme whilst identifying key mechanical parameters that are essential for the elite level game.
FIFA has accredited 4 Test Institutes who have been involved in the validation and development of the Test Manual and who successfully passed the first round robin for Futsal Floor Test Institutes in April 2019: Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV), Labosport France, Labosport UK and Sports Labs. Any manufacturers who are interested in becoming a FIFA Futsal Flooring Surfaces licensee can get further application information through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.