As part of FIFA’s ongoing commitment to ensure optimum competition conditions at every level of the game, FIFA has enhanced its Quality Programme for Footballs with the introduction of new quality marks.
From 1 April, all new officially certified footballs can carry one of three new FIFA quality marks:
*FIFA Quality PRO FIFA Quality IMS – International Match Standard *
Footballs carrying the previous marks (FIFA APPROVED, FIFA INSPECTED and International Matchball Standard) will still be available for sale for the remainder of 2015 during the transitional period. However, from 1 January 2016, only the new FIFA quality marks will be recognised.
The new FIFA quality marks for footballs will standardise the marks across all areas of the FIFA Quality Programme (football turf, goal-line technology and footballs), while simultaneously increasing awareness of FIFA’s continued commitment to safety, quality and reliability.
The FIFA Quality Programme offers an internationally recognised and dependable industry standard in the areas where it matters most: equipment, playing surface, technology and services. Only footballs that have passed rigorous tests are awarded the prestigious FIFA quality labels.
In order to carry any of the new FIFA quality marks, footballs must qualify for the latest quality standards as per the Testing Manual 2015 for the FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs, passing tests of even greater stringency, including reductions in water uptake across all quality levels, as well as a shape-and-size-retention test.
Further information on the FIFA Quality Programme, including details of applicable tests and how to become a licensee, can be found on FIFA's website.
The Laws of the Game will be amended accordingly in June 2015 to allow for the new FIFA quality marks.