Soccer - Learn how to properly look after your soccer balls

Soccer do's and don'ts for a long lasting ball

Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do

  • Don’t over inflate your ball - Use the right pressure (Find out more about what balls different age groups should be using here)
    • Size 5 football at 10 to 11psi (0.7 to 0.76 bar)
    • Size 4 football at 9 to 10psi (0.62 to 0.7 bar)
    • Size 3 football at 8 to 10psi (0.55 to 0.7 bar)
  • Don’t leave your ball outside when not in use. Long exposure to the elements can damage your ball
  • Don’t use your ball on hard/rough surfaces. Concrete, tar, bricks, rocks can cut the surface and destroy the outer of the ball
  • Do not sit or stand on your ball. This will deform it
  • Regular use is ideal. Ball materials can go stiff if left in one spot for long periods. An example is leaving a ball in a garage, which has heat cycles, of hot and cold for a year or two
  • Really hot areas are not good for materials. So hot cars, sunny areas, heaters are not good
  • Keep your ball dry when not being used. Good balls don’t take up much water, but over time water will affect any ball

When pumping up a ball:

  • Moisten needle before insertion (needle oil is best but saliva can work). Note, some automotive oils are not good with rubber, so don’t use just any type of oil
  • Push the needle gently as it is easy to hit the bladder on a folded ball. This will make a hole in the bladder
  • If you don’t have a pump that has an in-line pressure gauge (like the SUMMIT Aluminum Pump and Gauge) make sure you keep feeling the pressure with your hand. It should not be super hard. You may have a separate pressure gauge – if so, remove the pump and test regularly

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