Soccer - What should a good quality soccer ball cost and why?

Soccer balls range in price depending on size, quality and external factors

Like any product where a range of qualities can be used, football pricing can vary significantly between the cheapest and most expensive. Navigating this can be tricky as it is not just what goes into the ball that decides the price, but external factors as well. There is also a difference between junior balls, training balls, match balls and top match balls.


FUN - Around $15.00

  • Should give you a ball with some weight and good manufacturing
  • SUMMIT Classic

JUNIORS - Around $20.00

  • Should feel good, feel right and come with guarantee
  • SUMMIT Launch

TRAINING (Good quality) - Around $20.00 - $25.00

TRAINING (High quality) - Around $30.00 - $35.00

MATCH (Good quality) - Around $35.00 - $50.00

MATCH (High quality) - Around $50.00 - $80.00

KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE ARE A RANGE OF THINGS THAT CAN AFFECT THE PRICE OF FOOTBALLS:

  • Quality of materials
  • If the bladder is wound, wrapped or plain - read more about the different bladders here
  • Stitching – hand or machine
  • Bonded – thermally bonded, fusion, molded - learn more about soccer ball construction here
  • How it is shipped – inflated balls cost a lot!
  • FIFA approval – there are costs associated with FIFA regulations
  • Marketing – balls used in leagues have to pay a lot for the partnership
  • Branding – bigger the brand, bigger the price tag (marketing costs)
  • Infrastructure – Proper sports companies have to pay for development, design, sales & storage

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