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Soccer Ball Testing and Approvals

"There can be no game of football without a ball and the better the ball, the better the game." 1

 

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Many soccer balls have various organization "approvals" imprinted on them.  Such as the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) approval logo and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) authentication mark. These approvals assure that the ball will perform according to the organizations' specifications. The testing procedures and designations offer many benefits to those who buy soccer balls (footballs) including guaranteed quality, value for money and better playing performance.

In the past, many balls made by different manufactures varied in quality when used in matches. Now soccer balls with the organization's official approval logo imprinted on them, adhere to a higher standard of quality and are more consistent in how they perform during matches.

Manufacturer's usually pay a licensing fee to use the official "approval" logos on the balls. Each licensed manufacturer or brand name can state in their marketing campaigns that the balls are approved for use in matches sanctioned by the approval organization. The FIFA approval mark assures that the balls have been tested for proper ball trajectory, shape, balance, bounce, water absorption and velocity at a independent laboratory. Only the pressure of the ball need to be checked by the referee. The referee can be assured that the ball meets the size and weight requirements stated in the organization's soccer rules or laws. For more information on the soccer ball laws or rules, click here.  

For additional information on the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) approval requirements including ball testing specifications, click here

For additional information on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) authentication mark including ball testing requirements,  click here

1 FIFA Magazine, Footballs, more than just stitched leather - FIFA - The Mark of Quality 28-Feb-1998

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