The Innovation Blog

The Innovation Blog provides an insight into the technology developments and quality standards in football but also highlights how other sports manage technology.

12 August 2019

How fans stay informed about VAR decisions

During the 52 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ in France 535 incidents were checked by the Video Assistant Referees and only 29 of the referee’s decisions had to be corrected after reviewing them. 


29 July 2019

Putting tested footballs to good use

Every year FIFA tests hundreds of footballs as part of the FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs to ensure that each football meets the quality standards stipulated in the Laws of the Game.

15 July 2019

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.

01 July 2019

New Global Standard for EPTS

The FIFA Quality Programme for EPTS: how this new global standard helps users of Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems select a provider according to their needs

17 June 2019

Showcasing VAR to FIFA’s Member Associations

During the FIFA Congress in Paris and the FIFA Women’s Football Convention, the Football Technology Innovation Department had a full set up VAR station on display for its stakeholders to learn about this technology and, for the brave ones, try themselves as a Video Assistant Referee.

03 June 2019

Football Technology at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

The final preparations and functionality tests have now been completed, which means that the football technology supporting referees and teams is ready to be used throughout the tournament in France.

20 May 2019

EPTS expert group meets to conclude research phase

Following 4 years of consultation with industry and football stakeholders in which the key challenges were identified and determined, FIFA invited the members of its expert group to present the findings of the validation study of EPTS systems and launch the procedure for systems to be approved under this new Quality Programme.

07 May 2019

Team Analyst Workshop

The decision of the IFAB in March 2018 to allow the use of small handheld devices within the technical area opened a new frontier for football performance analysts.

05 March 2019

How to best quantify football?

More data to describe and analyse football matches provided from a number of sources is available than ever before quantifying every aspect of the game. To counteract new controversies, FIFA aims to help stakeholders better understand some of these key statistics.  

11 February 2019

Sustainability meets football production

As part of the overall objective to improve sustainability in football, the FIFA Quality Programme carried out an industry survey to establish which developments in the life cycle of the ball will help achieve this target.