Bola Properties and measurements
The Ball or Bola
– Is spherical;
– Is made of leather or another suitable material;
– Is of a circumference of not less than 62cm and not more than 64cm;
– Is not less than 400 grams nor more than 440 grams in weight at the start of the match;
– is of a pressure equal to 0.4-0.6 atmospheres (400–600g/cm2) at sea level.
Replacement of a defective ball
If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match:
– Play is stopped.
– The match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the first ball became defective* (see notes).
If the ball bursts or becomes defective while not in play (at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick or kick-in):
– The match is restarted according to the Futsal Laws of the Game.
The ball may not be changed during the match without the permission of the referee.
1. Felt balls are not permitted for international matches.
2 The ball may not bounce less than 50cm nor more than 65cm on the first rebound when dropped from a height of two metres.
In competition matches, only balls that meet the minimum technical requirements stipulated in Law 2 are permitted for use.
In FIFA competition matches, and in competition matches organised under the auspices of the confederations, acceptance of a football for use is conditional upon the football bearing one of the following three designations:
The official “FIFA APPROVED” logo, the official “FIFA INSPECTED” logo or the “INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD” reference.
Such a designation on a football indicates that it has been tested officially and found to be in compliance with specific technical requirements, different for each category and additional to the minimum specifications stipulated in Law 2. The list of the additional requirements specific to each of the respective categories is to be issued by FIFA. The institutes conducting the tests are selected by FIFA.
Association competitions may require the use of balls bearing any one of these three designations.
In all other matches, the ball used must fulfil the requirements of Law 2.
In the event that an association imposes the use of balls bearing the “FIFA APPROVED” or the “FIFA INSPECTED” logos for its own competitions, that association must also permit the use of balls bearing the royalty-free “INTERNATIONAL MATCHBALL STANDARD” designation.
In FIFA competition matches and in competition matches organised under the auspices of the confederations and associations, no kind of commercial advertising on the ball is permitted, except for the emblem of the competition, the competition organiser and the authorised trademark of the manufacturer. The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of such markings.
The Players’ Equipments
Safety A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player, including any kind of jewellery.
The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:
– a jersey or shirt;
– shorts – if thermal undershorts are worn, these shall be of the same main colour as the shorts;
– footwear – the only types of footwear permitted are canvas or soft-leather training or gymnastic shoes with soles of rubber or a similar material.
Jersey or shirt
– Numbers between 1 and 15 must appear on the back of the shirts.
– The colours of the numbers must contrast clearly with the colours of the jersey.
For international matches, numbers must also appear on the front of the kit in a smaller size.
– must be entirely covered by the socks;
– must be made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic or similar substances);
– must provide a reasonable degree of protection.
– The goalkeeper is permitted to wear long trousers.
– Each goalkeeper shall wear colours that easily distinguish him from the other players and the referees.
– If an outfield player replaces a goalkeeper, the goalkeeper jersey worn by the player must be marked on the back with the player’s own number.
For any infringement of this Law:
– The player at fault is instructed by the referees to leave the pitch to correct his equipment or to obtain any missing item of equipment. The player may not return to the pitch without first reporting to one of the referees, who then checks that the player’s equipment is now correct.
Restart of play
If the referees stop play to caution the offending player:
– Play is restarted with an indirect free kick, to be taken by a player of the opposing team from the place where the ball was located when the referees stopped play* (see notes). Decisions
1. Players must not reveal undershirts that contain slogans or advertising. A player removing his jersey to reveal slogans or advertising will be sanctioned by the competition organiser.
2. Jerseys must have sleeves.