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10-01-2014 | 4 Important Things to Consider when Buying your Match and Training Balls

Match and training balls are undeniably the most important piece of equipment in football. Without them, there would simply be no game at all. Your choice of match and training balls can have a huge impact on the game. The wide variety of balls on the market can make the process of choosing the right one a little confusing. Read on for 4 important things to consider when buying match and training balls. 

 

Structure

The materials used to make each component of match and training balls can affect everything from the durability to the overall feel of the ball. The outer casing is typically made from either polyurethane (PU) or PVC. PU is a popular option for match footballs due to its reliability and feel, whereas PVC is generally more suited to training balls as more durable and is resistant against harsh weather conditions. 

 

Size of the Football

The size of the football is a big thing to consider when purchasing equipment you’re your team. Size 5 is the standard adult size football. It is recommended that all players over the age of 12 use this size for match and training balls. If you are coaching a junior team, then a smaller size would be more appropriate. Size 3 is suitable for all players up to the age of 9 and for those a little older, size 4 works great.  

 

Match or Training Ball?

Different balls are suited to different types of football games. Although you have the big games in mind during your training sessions, a special type of ball is needed to withstand rigorous training sessions, rather than 90 minutes of play. Both types of ball need to be of high quality, but there should be more of a focus on play characteristics for match balls. This is where the latest technology and new materials are really important. The right match ball can make or break the match!

 

Training balls should be of high quality and long lasting. Although it is not as important to use the most developed balls during training sessions it is essential that your training balls have a similar feel to your match balls. This way, your players will be able to transfer everything they learned during training onto the pitch. 

 

Football Care

Footballs are not indestructible and it is important to take care of them properly. Everything from the playing surface you use to the way you clean your ball can have an impact on its lifespan. Concrete, gravel and tarmac should all be avoided when playing football. Match and training balls are not designed for these types of surfaces and they can cause damage to them very easily. 

 

When buying new footballs, check the pressure and inflation recommendations before you play. They can usually be found printed on the ball, so it’s a good idea to make a note of these before they wear off! For most size 5 balls, 1.0 BAR is recommended. 

 

Also, to keep your ball inflated for longer, it’s important not to sit or stand on it, as this not only causes the air to leave much quicker but can cause your ball to become out of shape. 

 

Cleaning and storing your footballs correctly after training sessions is very important. Remove mud using a wet cloth and leave to air dry. Mild detergents can be used if necessary but avoid using harsh chemicals and high pressure water. Before storing, ensure your match and training balls are completely dry. 

 

Apto Sports stock a wide range of match and training balls. Take a look at our extensive catalogue today and upgrade your team’s equipment. 

 

 


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