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How to pick the right soccer ball size
Soccer balls generally come in sizes 3, 4 and 5. The youngest players use size 3; these balls are for ages 8 and under. Size 4 is used by junior players aged 9 to 11. Size 5 is the international standard size, used in all competitions from ages 12 on up to adult play. Sizes 1 and 2 are considered mini balls and are not used in matches.
Match balls meet official size, shape and weight regulations. The product descriptions should specify if the ball is approved by FIFA (soccer's international governing body), NFHS for high school teams, or NCAA for collegiate play.
Training balls are designed to deliver great versatility and durability for team or individual practice. They're available in different sizes for adult and youth clubs, and often are brightly colored for better visual tracking. A special type of training ball called a mini or skills ball helps develop precision footwork.
Then there are soccer balls for specific play environments. Indoor and futsal balls are smaller than a standard size ball, but are near the same weight or heavier. They also have less rebound and bounce. This adds up to better ball control for fast play in tight spaces. Beach soccer balls have a softer casing (more comfortable on bare feet) and are usually water-resistant, while street balls have a rugged cover to protect against rough gravel and concrete.
No matter which soccer ball you pick, with brands like NIKE, adidas and Puma, you can be sure of lasting quality and durability that won't leave you flat. If you need assistance choosing the best ball for yourself or your team, give us a call our use our live chat feature. Our soccer product experts are ready to help!
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