Football Technology & Innovation

What we do

Harnessing technology to improve the game

The Football Technology & Innovation team is responsible for solving existing problems in the football world by testing and implementing new technologies and innovations. In line with the FIFA Vision 2020–2023, goal 9 details FIFA’s commitment to harnessing technology to improve the game through research, development and innovation with the aim of enhancing the football experience on and off the pitch.

Resource hub

Public database of the FIFA Quality Programme. Football stakeholders will find a list of all FIFA-licensed providers and detailed information about certified products, technologies and playing surfaces.

Football Technology & Innovation

Important documents (standards, manuals etc).

Football Turf

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Video Assistant Referee Technology

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Video Assistant Referee Technology

Key areas

Testing out Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS), Barcelona, Spain.

The FIFA Research Programme is responsible for leading the development of validation methods for the newest technologies in football.

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: A wide angle view of a packed stadium during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 02, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Innovation Road Map

After the successful implementation of the video assistant referee (VAR) system following its incorporation into the Laws of the Game in March 2018, FIFA would like to further improve VAR technology at all levels of the game. 

Testing out FIFA Electronic Performance Tracking Systems (EPTS) Certification Event.
Innovation Programme

FIFA’s new solution-driven innovation platform. The FIFA Innovation Programme is FIFA’s vehicle for dealing with innovative products that enter the market but are not ready or currently eligible for use in the game of football.

The FIFA Quality Marks. The first FIFA Quality marks were launched in 1996 together with the FIFA Quality Programme (FQP), which saw the first footballs certified to the FIFA Approved and FIFA Inspected standards.

All standards are built on scientific findings from a number of relevant disciplines identifying players' needs, various aspects of safety, performance, durability, quality assurance and playing comfort.

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™
Resource Hub

The Resource Hub is the public database of the FIFA Quality Programme, the aim of which is to endorse products that meet strict quality requirements to improve the game and protect players, clubs and associations. Football stakeholders will find a list...

Football Technology & Innovation Documents

This section contains all publicly available documentation in the context of the activities of the FIFA Football Technology & Innovation subdivision, all downloadable in PDF format.