Football Technology Innovation
Innovations are changing our everyday life. With the implementation of goal-line technology in 2012, the first obvious technological innovation arrived in football. New ideas are the driving force of the football industry for improving comfort, safety and performance aspects for the players on the pitch.
FIFA’s Football Technology Innovation Department covers the whole process: from the identification of football stakeholders’s needs, through the feasibility analysis of innovations, right the way to the development of global standards and introduction into the game.
The innovation process always starts from the ground level of the football world. The very real needs of players, coaches, teams or competitions serve as the trigger points for a research and improvement process to produce requirements and guidelines for products, installations and services directly related to the game. Once technologies mature in the game or the feasibility studies show that innovations will add value to the game of football, FIFA looks to establish a Quality Programme to standardise the use of products and technologies.
FIFA Quality Programme
The FIFA Quality Programme sets internationally recognised industry standards for products, technologies and surfaces that have a direct impact on the game of football.
The programme aims to endorse products that meet strict quality requirements to improve the game and to protect the players, clubs and associations. All standards are built on scientific findings from a number of relevant disciplines identifying players’ needs, various aspects of safety, performance, durability, quality assurance and playing comfort. A global network of universities, test institutes, sports organisations and standardisation bodies are at the heart of the studies produced by the FIFA Quality Programme.
Besides technical requirements, the FIFA Quality Programme also includes ethical standards. Product approval and certification depends on compliance with ethical business practices in terms of child labour, working hours, health and safety requirements, and environmental responsibility as laid down in the code of conduct of the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).
If a product proves to be compliant with the standards, the product can be certified by FIFA and will be awarded one of the “FIFA QUALITY” labels. The different quality categories have been tailored according to the needs of the players.