T & C Copyright Kits and Pieces 2016
Football Size Guides
BALL CARE AND PRESSURE
Care should be taken when inserting the inflation needle into the ball to prevent damaging the valve and bladder. Glycerine should be used to allow the needle to be inserted smoothly. This is particularly important on initial inflation as the wall of the bladder can be punctured if the needle is pushed in too far before any air is pumped in
The amount of pressure in a ball will significantly affect the performance and durability of the ball. Pressure should be checked regularly as not only do balls gradually lose air through the wall of the bladder, but temperature can also alter the pressure by 1 psi for every 10 C. The recommended pressure is printed on the ball and this should be checked regularly with a good quality pressure gauge.
If the ball gets wet during play, it should be dried in an airy place and not force dried with heat as this may damage the ball.
Asphalt and treated concrete. Not all synthetic surfaces are astro turf. On most, abrasion is the main problem and we have a range of economic training balls and high abrasion match balls which will cope with these surfaces.
Wooden tiles, carpet and indoor pitches. All are dry so water absorption is not a problem, but the abrasiveness varies widely so it is important to consider this before recommending any particular ball. Some games have special requirements such as low or reduced rebound balls for Futsal, indoor,,calcetto and Futebol de Salao.
Natural turf pitches vary enormously in different countries, different seasons and different levels of play.
As well as performance level we need to consider abrasion, water absorption and required use before recommending balls for natural turf. If the ball is to be used for training only then economy and durability are most important, if to be used for a match or match practice then performance is more important.
For the stars of the future, ideal for a kick about in the park or a game of heads and volleys and other skills practice. Recreational balls are specifically designed for fun and leisure. Check icon on ball for specific surface and weather usage.
There are many different types of astro turf from the pure synthetic fibre to filled fibre where fillings can vary from sand to ground rubber. All have one thing in common they react with the ball like hard ground, increasing the bounce. Also many have much less drag/grip on the ball than natural turf. Because of this
we normally recommend reduced ball pressure to 7-9psi to slow down the ball and grain finish material to increase the drag. A part worn shiny ball also gives this effect. Many artificial pitches are surrounded by fences and walls which can easily damage the ball so we highly recommend more economic balls to reduce the cost of replacing damaged balls.
Mini ……………Ages 0-36 Months
Midi/size 2 ……Ages 3-6 Years
Size 3………….Ages 6-9
Size 4………….Ages 9-14
Size 5………….Ages 14 plus
Football size Weight circumference age group
5 410-450g 68-70cm over 14 years
4 340-390g 63.5-66cm 9-14 years
3 280-340g 58-61cm 6-9 years