Official FIFA soccer ball specifications apply to the size and weight of the balls. Check out the integrity required for all match balls used in soccer football games.
FOOTBALL BALL RULES: According to FIFA Football ball specifications all balls used should:
FIFA provides official guidelines to follow if the match ball needs replacing. The soccer ball may not get changed during the match without the authority of the referee. If the soccer ball bursts, or becomes defective, whilst not in play or during the course of a game:
A penalty should be retaken if the ball bursts or becomes defective during any penalty kicks. The rule applies if it moves forward and bursts before touching a player, crossbar, or a goalpost. The same football regulation would also apply in a penalty shootout.
The match also gets restarted in the same way if the ball bursts or becomes defective whilst not in play at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, or a throw-in.
Decision 1: In addition to the requirements of Law 2, acceptance of a ball for use in matches played in an official competition organized under the auspices of FIFA or the confederations is conditional.
FIFA logo regulations:
Such a logo on a ball indicates that it has been tested officially and found to be in compliance with specific technical requirements, different for each logo and additional to the minimum specifications stipulated in Law 2.
The list of the additional requirements specific to each of the respective logos must be approved by the International F.A. Board. The institutes conducting the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.
Member association competitions may also require the use of balls bearing any one of these three logos.
Decision 2: In matches played in an official competition organized under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the member associations, no form of commercial advertising on the ball is permitted, except for the emblem of the competition, the competition organizer and the authorized trademark of the manufacturer.
The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of such markings.
Decision 3: Where goal-line technology (GLT) is used, balls with integrated technology are allowed, but they must either be 'FIFA APPROVED', 'FIFA INSPECTED' or 'INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD (see Decision 1).
Adidas first began making soccer balls in 1963. They became the official match ball supplier when they produced the Telstar for the FIFA World Cup ball 1970.
The Telstar ball had the Buckminster design. It was the first to have 32 black and white panels which helped it to be more visible on black and white televisions.
Adidas sold approximately 13 million official World Cup match soccer balls in 2010. They were also poised to make similar fortunes from the Brazuca four years later.
The World Cup 'Brazuca ball' cost around £100 and the workers making it earned a little over £65 a month. It became the official match ball for the 2014 Soccer World Cup held in Brazil.
The Brazuca ball got voted in 'publicly' by more than one million football fans in the host country. Even so, it got manufactured and supplied by Forward Sports of Sialkot, in Pakistan.
FIFA Soccer Ball Specifications used in the United Kingdom