Soccer - Learn how to properly look after your soccer balls

Footballs & Soccer balls: what you should and shouldn't do to keep the ball in perfect working order.

Want to know what are the things you should do to make sure you ball is kept in perfect condition?

Here you will find a list that will explain what you should and shouldn't do when looking after your football.
  • 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

Important information to know when pumping/inflating 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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