| Practice Soccer Balls
|| Soccer is definitely an exciting sport. However,
it is a sport that has to be played with a ball and, therefore, the need
to choose the right ball is a top priority for soccer players and coaches
alike. There are many types of soccer ball, but the most famous ones are
usually the most expensive ones too and, therefore, not everyone can afford
them. Nevertheless, the quality and characteristics of the soccer ball
can influence the kicks of the players and, therefore, their overall performances.
So, what is there to know about the soccer ball?
Both the soccer ball and the sport have been invented in the 1600's.
Back then, things were completely different. For instance, the soccer ball
was nothing more than an inflatable bladder. Due to this fact, the soccer
ball was of an oval shape, resembling more to the rugby ball than to a
sphere. With regards to this, in the 19th century the English Football
Association decided that the shape needs to change and that the new fabrics
used must be leather or other similar and approved materials. Clear guidelines
regarding size and weight have also been set. While the size of the ball
does not have to be of more than 28 inches, but of more than 27 inches
in diameter, the weight has to be somewhere in between 14 and 16 ounces.
These rules have been reinstated in 2001, when “The Laws of the Game” have
been drafted. The history of the soccer ball has been sinuous even in the
1900's. Then, the soccer ball was covered in thick, dark brown leather
that made it bounce the way it should. However, the leather had the tendency
of soaking up with water and, thus, weighing more. This is when the need
for a white soccer ball made of fake leather has appeared. Even today,
research is being done in order to make the soccer ball more accurate,
lighter, softer and safer.
Anyone who is interested in buying a soccer ball has to take into account
several tips. For instance, it would be better if the buyer would choose
to purchase from a shop that offers a wide range of options, due to the
fact that the ideal scenario for a buyer is to be able to compare and contrast
the prices, quality and features of the soccer ball. The ideal characteristic
of a soccer ball is for it to be stitched, and not laminated, since the
laminated soccer ball is usually harder. Also, latex inner bladders are
preferred to butyl bladders, as these latter one are also harder.
Nevertheless, a harder, and therefore, cheaper soccer ball has its advantages.
For instance, they are quite incredibly helpful when it comes to practicing.
In addition, the size of the soccer ball is crucial for the player. Players
age 8 and less are advised to play with size 3 balls. Players age 8 to
12 should use size 4 soccer balls, while the 13 year olds and older should
play with size 5 balls, which is also the standard for internationally
used balls. All in all, the final choice regarding the soccer ball is yours,
but internet sites, specialty magazines and sales representatives can provide
a lot of help too.