The ball is the centrepiece of a game of football. At the top end the specification of the ball is dictated to by FIFA.
To carry the FIFA quality mark a football must be manufactured to the highest standard. Before being awarded a quality mark not only the ball but also the ball supplier are independently assessed and checked to ensure they comply with the games high performance standards.
Perhaps more importantly for mitre and the player it’s about ensuring the ball will perform consistently well- whatever the weather whatever the player conditions.
FIFA have two quality marks inspected and approved. To be awarded the FIFA inspected quality mark a ball must successfully pass 6 tests. These tests test the balls;
-Rebound in both warm and cold conditions
To be awarded the FIFA approved quality mark the ball must also pass these same six tests but to a higher tolerance.
Take ball rebound for example. The FIFA inspected tolerance is 125 cm – 155c m, whereas for FIFA approved the tolerance is reduced to 135 cm- 155 cm. Why? Rebound is a measure of ball power, the higher the rebound the greater the power, and this is demanded at an approved level.
There is also a seventh test that the balls must pass to be awarded he FIFA approved mark, which makes sure that the ball maintains its high standard throughout play. This is done by firing the ball onto a steel plate 2,000 times at 50 Kilometres an hour. Then we check for shape, size, and pressure retention afterwards.
All mitre professional balls are FIFA approved, all match balls are checked to FIFA inspected standards.