FIFA Quality Programme for Futsal Surfaces

Besides 11-a-side football, FIFA is also the governing body for other forms of the game, including futsal. FIFA has developed a Handbook of Test Methods and Requirements for providers wishing to have their futsal surfaces certified. Futsal surfaces must fulfil the performance and quality criteria established to provide the best possible playing conditions.

As part of a strategy to develop the game and provide guidelines for member associations, a testing protocol has been put in place for futsal surfaces under a dedicated FIFA Quality Programme. As with the other FIFA Quality Programmes, the aim is neither to promote specific products nor to interfere in the market and block innovation, but to describe – in a technical way – surfaces that are best suited for use in futsal.

At this stage, FIFA is very aware of the fact that futsal is often played in multipurpose indoor halls that are also used for other sports, such as volleyball or basketball. We reflect this in the FIFA Quality standard by having tolerances that other sports are able to meet, while at the same time narrowing the requirements of the EN 14904 standard to better suit the game of futsal, incorporating some refined methods from futsal itself, as well as methods used in the testing of football turf.

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How to Become a Futsal Surface Licensee

As part of the commitment to top-quality futsal playing surfaces, the FIFA Quality Programme includes a licensing scheme for companies that are eligible to obtain certification for their final installations.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 15:  Noelia de las Heras #7 of Spain challenges Sara Oino #5 of Japan in the Women's Futsal semifinal match between Spain and Japan during the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics 2018 at Tecnpolis on October 15, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
FIFA Quality Programme for Futsal Surfaces

Besides 11-a-side football, FIFA is also the governing body for other forms of the game, including futsal. FIFA has developed a Handbook of Test Methods and Requirements for providers wishing to have their futsal surfaces certified.

CALI, COLOMBIA - SEPTEMBER 09:  A general view of Coliseo Bicentenario is seen before Ukraine team training session prior to FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 on September 9, 2016 in Bucaramanga, Colombia.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Futsal Surface Testing Process

As part of a strategy to develop the game and provide guidelines for member associations, a testing protocol has been put in place for futsal surfaces under the FIFA Quality Programme.