What are the specifications, the FIFA World Cup football needs to have?

I'm looking for weight, size, flight and possibly more info?

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The FIFA regulations on the ball are found in FIFA 2014/2015 Laws of the Game (PDF), Law 2:


Qualities and measurements

The ball is:

  • spherical
  • made of leather or other suitable material
  • of a circumference of not more than 70 cm (28 ins) and not less than 68 cm (27 ins)
  • not more than 450 g (16 oz) and not less than 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)

These are the general regulations for any ball, whether or not it is used in the World Cup.

However, as is the case with every World Cup, they have developed a new ball to be used in this year's 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It is the Adidas Brazuca:

Adidas Brazuca

The specifications for the Adidas Brazuca are:

  • Six polyurethane panels
  • 437 grams
  • 69 cm circumference
  • 0.2% water absorption
  • 141 cm rebound
  • 7% loss of pressure


  • Side note to anyone who is interested: Last World Cup, many of the goalies were extremely unhappy with the design because of the grips that were present on them. I had a chance to use one as well and agree. I was not able to get as good a handle on it. This ball also appears to have those grips, and it may have an impact on how well a keeper can perform in certain conditions.
    – Seplo
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 23:07
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    Good answer, but you're missing "not more than 450 g (16 oz) and not less than 410 g (14 oz) in weight at the start of the match". Strangely enough, this isn't on the FIFA web page you quoted, but is on page 15 of their Laws of the Game PDF: fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/refereeing/02/36/01/11/… Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52

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