Selecting the right soccer ball size can be confusing, especially if you are purchasing the ball as a gift or for someone else. So what soccer ball size do you need?
If you have just a little bit of information about the player you should have no problem using our guide below to find the right soccer ball size.
Soccer ball size corresponds to player age, but ball size for youth soccer leagues can differ from league to league. In general, here are the appropriate soccer ball size by age:
Size 5 (Adult/Professional): U12 and up (ages 12 and older), 27-28 in./68-70 cm circumference
Size 4 (Youth): U8-U12 (ages 8-12), 25-26 in./63.5-66 cm circumference
Size 3 (Junior): U8 and down (ages 8 and younger), 23-24 in./58.5-61 cm circumference
Size 1 (Skills): All ages, best for developing footwork skills and ball control; 18-20 in./46-51 cm circumference
*Please note, we recommend confirming ball size with your league or association.
Soccer Ball Size 5
For most players (over the age of 12, including adults and professionals) a Size 5 ball is best suited and standard. The circumference or distance around the ball is 27″-28″ and the weight is generally 410-450 grams.
Premium Match balls will carry the “FIFA Inspected” or “FIFA Approved” stamp, meaning that they have undergone and passed proper testing. These types of Size 5 balls generally cost more than other balls available; however, they are also generally used for major or sanction competitions, tournaments, and matches. Match balls will also carry some certification or approval, but it will be from a different overseeing body, such as NCAA.
Soccer Ball Size 4
Size 4 balls are generally used for those players U8 to U11. The dimensions of a size 4 ball are roughly 25″-26″ in circumference weigh between 350-390 grams. The smaller size is more beneficial for the above-mentioned age group since it will allow players to get accustomed to their skill set with an appropriate apportioned ball. Those at this age may find a size too big for them to skillfully work with a ball due to the size of the individual. Soccer leagues will generally and should be using the correct ball size for the appropriate age group during games, practices, and such. It is vital for the development of the individual player to use the correct equipment.
Soccer Ball Size 3
Size 3 balls are best suited for U8 or younger players. The typical measurements around are 23″-24″, weighing about 300-320 grams. A size 3 ball is the smallest competitive ball used. The use of the appropriate size ball for this age group is essential for development. It will allow them to kick, dribble, and move with the ball in a more skillful and easier manner. Again, the use of a larger size ball can cause issues due to the player’s size.
Soccer Ball Size 1
Size 1 balls are commonly known as “mini balls”, and generally for novelty purposes. However, size 1 balls can be very useful for skills development of all ages. Generally, the ball is about 18″-20″ round and will vary in weight. This size is perfect to provide as a gift, first introduction to a toddler, or used to hone touch and overall skill.
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