A soccer ball size 5 to be exact is the gold standard of 11v11 games.
Now there are several levels of quality from a size 5 ball you can pick up at your local sports store and the one they are playing with in the Champions League Final.
Shape, material, stitch and so much more go into finding the right ball for your level, find out what's right for you below.
Here you will find the soccer ball size 5 that all the top leagues and competitions around the world use.
If you want to get one of yourself or you're just curious to compare them you will see the brand and the quality of each ball below.
Keep in mind that whether it's the champions league or the world cup the quality of ball will be quite high and similar, with every great ball though there are replicas you can get for a more affordable price.
One of these balls may be the price of 5 or 6 lower quality balls so you need to decide for now do you want to train with one high quality ball or five or six lower quality.
No big surprise here but the pro's in every league and I mean every outdoor full field 11v11 league play with a soccer ball size 5. No matter the brand of the ball the size will not change, size 5 for all.
If you purchased a ball or played with a ball that feels a bit different make sure it wasn't a size 4 or a futsal ball you have been kicking around, got it? Good.
1. Quality stitching - spend a little more for a name brand.
2. Not warped.
3. Good bounce to it.
1. Brighter does not mean better.
2. You get what you pay for.
3. Stick to name brands (Nike, Adidas etc).
"Get off that ball you'll warp it!" said every coach ever. They aren't wrong exactly. Sitting on a ball excessively may change its shape slightly so don't make a habit of it.
Sitting on a ball constantly can alter it's overall form, feel and condition of the ball so if you're going to do it at least rotate which balls you sit on every training!
Oh and before you start thinking that sitting on ball during a game will work to your advantage in some strange way get that thought out of your head, a ref will blow the play against you in a second hot shot.
Sitting on any ball can't be good for it even a soccer ball size 5.
To be straight with you, when you pop a ball, there is usually no turning back. Of course you can try pumping it back up but usually that won't do you much good.
Once the plastic balloon inside is popped your next step should be to start looking for a new ball to buy. Yes this usually happens by accident and nobody is trying to pop their ball but here are the most typical reasons a ball gets popped you should try (but sometimes can't) to avoid.
1. Old and overused, just a matter of time I'm afraid.
2. Hits directly off the metal corner where the crossbar and post meet or the metal pegs that are attached to a goal to hold the mesh up (that's the worst).
3. Metal sticking out of a fence behind a goal you are rifling balls at.
4. Ball rolling under a car! (we've all been there).
5. Poor quality ball just pops due to being poorly made.
What it should be according to FIFA regulations and what people typically like can differ widely. Hard, soft or something in-between really depends on what you like, now let's look at what FIFA requires.
FIFA says 8.5 and 15.6 PSI (pounds per square inch) is the required ball pressure each soccer ball size 5 should have prior to kick off.
I want to pump, you UP! So how much should you pump the ball up you ask without the fancy air gage measuring tool? Well the general rule of thumb is definitely not all the way to the point that it's so hard you can hold up a bank with it. But not too soft either that it's got no shape to it.
Better pump it a bit harder than soft because over time (a kick around or two) the ball naturally loses air so it'll be just right in no time. Better that then too soft and having to pump it up while you're already out of the house.
Well in a perfect world you want to train with the same ball you play games with.
The problem with this at every level but the pro's is that game balls are up to five or six times the price of a training ball. So to answer your question simply, yes, there is a difference but is not a massive difference you will ever notice when the whistle goes.
Typically game balls are made with slightly better materials and are constructed to last longer, where training balls won't last as long but will do the job day in and day out. Not a game breaking difference to have a soccer ball size 5 (training or match) to improve your game.
I’ve played with balls (that didn’t come out right) from all over the world from North America to South America to Europe and Asia. Across the board in all the leagues I’ve played in, my game has never gone up or down because of the ball we used.
So what’s the lesson here? Stop worrying about the ball, ref, the guy with extra short shorts and loving every minute of it and start concentrating on raising your game by working on your fundamentals.
You wanna stick with name brands here, adidas, nike and puma come to mind first. Every top quality soccer ball size 5 have these common qualities:
There are all different sizes of balls from regulation ones that the pros use to little tiny size ones.
A different weapon in the arsenal I suppose, but do you know which ones are used for what situation? Here's a brush up incase you forgot.
Well obviously it comes down to technique, form and ability to hit a ball with some dip and swerve.
Interesting though that several players (mainly pros) say the balls are getting so technologically advanced that they don't resemble the typical movement a soccer ball should.
Trying asking keepers about the 2010 World Cup ball the Jabulani, they'll tell you at times the ball takes twists and turns in the air that even Schumacher doesn't understand.
Okay so which soccer ball will make a terrific juggler? Well now, this is going to be awkward, none of them pal.
Although certain balls may be made with fancier more expensive material or created by the big name companies no matter which ball you end up using, none of them will make you a better juggler.
Juggling is a skill that involves repetition and familiarity on the ball not a certain pair of shoes or equipment, you've heard it before, a poor craftsman blames their tools.