Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Soccer Ball

The following information is taken from "Official Rules of Soccer" as approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Qualities and Measurements of the Soccer Ball

The ball is:

*made of leather or other suitable material
*of a circumference of not more than 28 inches and not less than 27 inches
*no more than 16 oz (450 grams) in weight and not less than 14 oz (410 grams) at the start of the match
*of a pressure equal to 8.5 psi to 15.6 psi

Replacement of a Defective Soccer Ball

If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of the match:

*the match is stopped
*the match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place where the first ball became defective

If the ball bursts or becomes defective whilst not in play at a kick-off, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick or throw in:

*the match is restarted accordingly

The ball may not be changed during the match without authority of the referee.

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