Year (Source) new or changed laws (proposing club, if known)
1883 (IFAB) The circumference had to be 27-28 ins before the beginning of the game.
1880s (IFAB) The home club provides the ball. The ball must be returned to the club after the match.
1889 (IFAB, internal games only) The weight must be 13-15 oz at the beginning of the game.
1906 (IFAB) The ball must be made of leather.
1910 (-1912?) (DFB) The teams can also agree on balls that were not made of leather before the game. This was explicitly stated in the German laws for the seasons 1910/11 and 1911/12 seasons. It is not known whether this passage was subsequently deleted because it was no longer permitted or had become a matter of course that no longer needed to be regulated.
1921 (DFB) The pressure of the ball must be 0.6-1.1 atmosphere at the beginning of the game.
late 1930s (DFB) The home club must have at least one spare ball ready, which the referee must check before use.
1937 (DFB) The weight must be 13-15 oz for all games at the beginning of the game.
1954 (IFAB) The ball may only be exchanged with the referee’s agreement.
1965 (IFAB) The ball can be made of leather or other approved material on the outside. The IFAB decides from time to time which material is also allowed (FIFA).
1967 (IFAB) The pressure of the ball must correspond to the air pressure at sea-level (= 15 lb./sq. or 1 kg/cm^2) (FIFA).
1970 (IFAB) Supplement: Allowed material: (a) outer casing of leather, lined with nylon, (b) laminated material composed of rubber, and synthetic and impregnated fabrics (IFAB).
1975 (IFAB) The pressure of the ball must be 9.0 – 10.5 lb./sq. on the sea-level (FIFA).
1983 (IFAB) The pressure of the ball must correspond to 0.6-1.1atmosphere at sea-level (FIFA).
1985 (IFAB) If the ball bursts or become deflated during the course of match, it is replaced and the match restarts with a dropped ball at the location where the ball bursts or become deflated. Addition: Unless the ball was in the goal area at that time, in which case it is dropped onto the part of the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball is located, as in the case of interruption of play (IFA).
1986 The ball can also be made of waterproof and durable synthetic material, which also makes it possible to create a more precise ball shape .
1995 (IFAB) Only tested footballs bearing the FIFA APPROVED logo, the official FIFA INSPECTED logo and the reference to the International Matchball Standards may be used in FIFA competitions (FIFA, FA).
2004 The ball may be glued so that the ball shape can be produced even more accurately than before.


Proposals for law amendments that were not accepted:

year club/association proposal reaction
1937 FA The ball must weight 13-15 oz. withdrawn