When the starting whistle sounds, the ball is in play. Very few realize the importance of the ball in the game of soccer. Technology has managed to create true works of art, which can stand up to being kicked hundreds of times and are a guarantee for players and coaches of what they are looking whether is power, placement, or curve kicking, the ball will follow the wanted flight trajectory.
Soccerplus presents the top four balls designed for great soccer events in 2015 and 2016, each one with its basic features:
1. Adidas Beau Jeu Euro 2016 Ball
-UEFA Euro 2016 France Official match ball.
-High quality materials allow for greater durability.
-Great feel, responsive and more predictable flight trajectory.
-Passed on FIFA’s tests on water uptake, size and shape retention with distinction.
2. Nike Ordem Ciento Copa America Centenario
2016 Official Match Ball
-Copa America Centenario 2016 USA Official match ball.
-AEROWTRAC for more predictable and effective ball movements.
-Nike’s RaDar technology allows for faster reaction times and better decision-making. -Successfully approved on FIFA’s quality tests.
3. Adidas Conext15 Omb Women’s World Cup Ball
-FIFA’s Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup Official match ball.
-High-end materials ensure top performance.
-Seamless construction for better feel, touch, more predictable trajectory, lower water absorption.
Highest ratings on FIFA’s tests on water uptake, size and shape retention.
4. Adidas 2015 MLS Nativo Official Match Soccer Ball
-Major League Soccer Official match ball.
-6 thermally bonded premium polyurethane panels
-Seamless construction for better feel, touch, more predictable trajectory, lower water uptake.
-Highest ratings on FIFA’s tests and FIFA approved.
Match Ball Sizes & Uses
When it comes to using a soccer ball during a match, there are three different sizes. They range from size 3 to size 5.
Ball Size 3
— These are the smallest soccer balls available for match games. (Standard for Handball.)
— Usually used by children under 8 years old.
— Size 3 balls measure 23-24 inches (58-60 centimeters) in circumference and weigh 11-12 ounces (312-340 grams).
Ball Size 4
— These are the medium size soccer balls available for match games. (Standard for Futsal.)
— Generally used by children between the ages of 8-12 years old.
— Size 4 balls measure 25-26 inches (63.5-66 centimeters) in circumference and weigh 12-13 ounces (340-369 grams).
Ball Size 5
— This is the standard international match ball size.
— Used by ages from 12 years old up.
— Size 5 balls measure 27-28 inches (68-70 centimeters) in circumference and weight 14-16 ounces (410-450 grams).