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Law 2

Law 02 - The Ball

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1. Qualities and measurements

All balls must be:
• spherical
• made of suitable material
• of a circumference of between 70 cm (28 ins) and 68 cm (27 ins)
• between 450 g (16 oz) and 410 g (14 oz) in weight at the start of the match
• of a pressure equal to 0.6 - 1.1 atmosphere (600 - 1,100 g/cm2) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in - 15.6 lbs/sq in)
All balls used in matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA or confederations must bear one of the following marks: FIFA Quality PRO, FIFA Quality, IMS - INTERNATIONAL MATCH STANDARD

Balls carrying previous quality marks such as "FIFA Approved", "FIFA Inspected" or "International Matchball Standard" may be used in aforementioned competitions until July 2017.
Each mark indicates that it has been officially tested and meets the specific technical requirements for that mark which are additional to the minimum specifications stipulated in Law 2 and must be approved by The IFAB. The institutes conducting the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.
Where goal line technology (GLT) is used, balls with integrated technology must carry one of the above listed quality marks.
National football association competitions may require the use of balls bearing one of these marks.
In matches played in an official competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, confederations or national football associations, no form of commercial advertising is permitted on the ball, except for the logo/emblem of the competition, the competition organiser and the authorised manufacturer's trademark. The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of such markings.


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