You can play soccer without soccer cleats. You can also play soccer without the proper jersey and shorts. But you can definitely not play soccer without the soccer ball. If you are just starting to play the sport, it is highly ideal that you own a soccer ball. Having one will encourage you to practice on your own at home and whenever you’re training. But because of the wide selection of soccer balls that are offered by many soccer specialty and sports stores, buying that all important soccer ball can be a headache. To help you narrow down your choices, here are a few things to keep in mind when you head out to the store.

First things first. How will the soccer ball be used? Are you buying for an official match? A local match? Or for training? And who will use it? These are the important questions to ask yourself. Once you’ve determined these things, you can now head to the soccer store and choose your soccer ball.

Second, go to a store that has knowledgeable sales personnel. It’s always helpful when your questions about products are answered. So look for a store that specializes in soccer merchandise.

Third, you should know the different sizes of soccer balls. If you’re buying it for an adult, the standard size is 5. For children 8 to 12 years, the right size is four; and for children ages 8 and below, the ideal size for them is size 3.

Fourth, if you’re buying a soccer ball for an official match, make sure it is of the highest quality by checking if it is FIFA approved or FIFA inspected. This means that the ball meets the international standards of FIFA for soccer balls used for professional matches.

Fifth, you have to check the ball yourself. Get a feel of the ball, bounce it on the floor, or lightly play around with it at the store. This will help you get a good feel of the ball.

Things to remember: High quality balls are usually stitched so take note of this. However, if you’re only buying the ball for your three-year-old, you don’t really need to buy expensive or high end ones.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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