Asked Questions about Soccer Balls
buying Soccer Balls
The following questions are typically asked by
people that want to buy soccer balls:
- What size soccer ball should I buy? The
first step in purchasing soccer balls is determining the proper
size(s) to buy. Many soccer leagues have different size
requirements, so be sure to check with your coach or
organization to find out which size ball to buy. Soccer balls
for match use come in three different sizes which range from
size 3 to size 5. For more information on soccer ball sizes, click
is the difference between a high quality soccer ball and a low
quality soccer ball? When purchasing soccer balls, many people buy according to
the price of the ball. If a ball is expensive, that meant that it is
a high quality ball and if it was a low costing ball, the ball is a low quality.
That is not always true. Many players, coaches, clubs and even professionals do not know what type of ball to buy for
their particular needs. Please go to the following
Soccer Ball World page to start learning about the construction of
the various types of soccer balls, click
When I buy a soccer ball at a local
store, how do I know if I am buying a good soccer ball? Ball material information on the packaging of the
balls is minimal at best. Marketing hype is hard to understand. So people are very frustrated when buying soccer balls
for their clubs, teams or own use. Parents of soccer players have always asked me about
what type and where to buy soccer balls for their up and coming star.
"Go to the local store and pick out one that is on sale" I
would tell them. The only recommendation I could make was to check
out soccer balls that
I previously used and knew they were good quality.
After researching the web, I could not readily
information on how to be an "informed buyer"
of soccer balls. So SoccerBallWorld.com has been developed to help
players, coaches, team mangers and soccer ball buyers learn about
the soccer ball. To get started on the soccer ball buying guide at
Soccer Ball World, click here
What are the different types of soccer
balls? Should I buy an expensive one, a middle priced one or a cheap one?
What kind of balls are adequate for my needs? Most
soccer balls can be divided into three different categories,
professional match balls, match balls, and practice balls.
The type you need of course depends on how and where you want to
use the soccer ball. For more information on types of soccer
balls, click here.
What about ball longevity? Will the ball last very long on a hard
pitch, concrete or dirt? The material used in the
soccer ball's cover is the biggest factor in how long the ball will
last on rough surfaces. A ball with a rubberized material cover will typically last
longer on rough surfaces than a ball made from synthetic
leather. Check out our Moltex Long Life ball at our on-line
store, click here.
Many stores have a very large selection
of soccer balls. How do I pick out the best ball for my money?
First know what type of soccer ball is best for your needs and
how much you want to spend. Also, research what materials
make up the
best soccer balls. Of course you can use Soccer Ball World
as a buying guide. Our store has four balls to meet most players
needs from professional to practice soccer balls.
Where is a good place to buy soccer
balls? At Soccer Ball World of course! We have taken great
care in providing you with the best soccer balls and accessories
for your money. To go to our store, click
here. Otherwise, you can go to the many other web stores or
local retail stores that provide soccer balls. We recommend you
use Soccer Ball World first as a guide before buying soccer
Are children used to make the soccer
balls that you sell? No, the manufacturers guarantee that child
labor has not been used to make their balls. They are approved
by IPEC's I.L.O (International Program for the elimination of
Child Labor and Human Rights Requirements) and have passed their
General Soccer Ball Questions:
Why do I always have to pump up even
expensive balls? Many balls use bladders made out of latex.
Natural Latex Rubber
bladders offer the softest feel and response, but do not provide the best air
retention. Micro pores slowly let air escape. Balls with natural rubber bladders need to be re-inflated
more often than balls with butyl bladders. Even after one or two
days, the latex bladder will leak enough air so that you will have
to inflate the ball back to recommended pressure. Some balls use carbon-latex
bladders in which the carbon powder helps to close the micro pores.
Soccer balls with carbon latex bladders usually increase air
retention to approximately one week. Of course, check the ball
for punctures that may cause the air to leak out.
Soccer Balls with Butyl bladders offer an excellent
combination of feel and air retention and can be found in most
middle to upper priced balls. Air retention is significantly
increased to weeks and months instead of days compared to balls
with latex bladders.
How does a ball curve when you kick it?
For the answer to this question and others relating to the physics
of a soccer ball, click here.
What are the requirements of a soccer ball
used in matches? Requirement information for soccer
balls are usually found with the officiating organization that
the match or game is played under. Contact the organization that
runs the game that the soccer ball is going to be used in.
To learn more about the soccer ball laws of FIFA and NFHS, click
How do I take care of my soccer balls?
To learn about proper ball care including treatment, cleaning
and inflation, click here.
How Do I inflate my soccer balls? Soccer balls lose air pressure over time.
Sometimes over a few days (soccer balls that use butyl bladders keep
air pressure longer than balls that use latex bladders). Be sure to
check the pressure frequently to make sure the ball is properly
inflated. Therefore, invest in a good ball pump, have a supply
of inflation needles and use a low pressure gauge to measure for
Before you first inflate a soccer ball, place a couple drops of silicone
silicone lubricant spray or glycerin oil into the valve. You can purchase
the oils or spray at
your local hardware store. Using one of the lubricants will improve the
life of the valve and lubricate the valve for easy insertion of the
Always moisten the inflation
needle before you insert it into the valve. Preferably, use some
silicon oil, silicon spray or glycerin oil to moisten the needle. However; most people use
spit...yuk, but that is not recommended.
What does the FIFA APPROVED, FIFA INSPECTED,
and International Matchball
Standard (IMS) logos mean on a ball? These logos mean that the
ball meets all the requirements specified by FIFA. To learn more
about the different FIFA football approvals, click
What does the NFHS logo mean on a ball?
Since the 1999-2000 school year, soccer balls used in interscholastic
competition in sports for which the National Federation of State
High School Associations (NFHS) writes playing rules are required to have the NFHS authenticating mark.
To learn more about the NFHS authentication mark, click
Why do some soccer balls get bigger over
time? Many soccer balls do
tend to get larger over time. Especially lower quality balls! This
is due to the pressure of the bladder against the linings and
cover. Over time the material and stitching may stretch out
causing the ball to become larger. Also, soccer ball abuse may
cause the stitching to loosen and the ball to expand.
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