When deciding what football to purchase, you must take into consideration the size of ball (age of players), standard of players and pitch and weather conditions the football will be used.
As with all other sports there are many different brands of football available. The leading brands in the UK are Nike mainly due to their use in the Premiership and Mitre due to their use in the Football League. Good quality balls are available from other manufactures including:
Molten..............the list goes on.
The football used in the Premiership is produced by Nike. The football used in the English Football league is the Delta Hyperseam Pro ball produced by Mitre. This same Mitre ball is also used in the Scottish in a different colour and the Welsh Premier league uses the Mitre Max V12S ball. Molten have the Europa League ball from 2018.
Footballs come in three sizes, size 3, 4 and 5.
Size 3 is designed for use by players aged up to 9 years old.
Size 4 is designed for players aged 9 to 14. The ball should weigh between 350g -390g, with a circumference of 63.5cm - 66cm.
Size 5 is designed for use by players aged 15 and above. The ball should weigh between 410g -450g, with a circumference of 68cm - 70cm.
There are different qualities of footballs including - pro, match, training, recreational and specialist. The most common footballs are match and training balls, with training footballs being the most robust.
The football should be pumped up to the recommended pressure, which is stated on most of the balls. To gain maximum benefit from your football, the pressure should be checked regularly.
When the football is used in wet or damp conditions, after use it should be dried with a towel or dry cloth. The football should never be stored damp, as the life span of the ball will be seriously decreased. Never force dry a football, with heat, as this tends to crack the outer covering.
Great quality training balls are available from as little at £6.00, with match balls tending to be more expensive. Match balls usually start in the range of £10 and can go up to £110 for the top models.
Both Mitre and Precision Training look to improve their range each year and both have launched new balls for this season. Precision Training's new range of training and match balls were launched in 2017. The training ball is called Fusion and retains the soft touch feel and is the only training football to have the IMS accreditation . The Fusion is very popular in schools and clubs across the country and is available in a range of colours.
February 2018 saw the launch of the new range of footballs from Mitre. In most years, a couple of additions are added to the range before old favourites fall away to be replaced by new designs and materials. The 2018 Mitre launch though is completely different. This year sees all of the range changed with 3 new training balls, 3 new match balls and 3 new pro quality footballs too.
Mitre has retained some of the old names - Impel, Ultimatch and Delta. However the balls have 3 qualities within each level, Good - Better - Best
In the Training ball level the balls are Impel, Impel Plus and Impel Max.
In the match quality they are known as Ultimatch, Ultimatch Plus and Ultimatch Max.
In the Pro quality level they are called Delta, Delta Plus and Delta Max.
Most of the range has now embraced the Hyperseam technology and all if the balls have either a weave (Vimini), textured or embossed finish, for greater control and touch.
I have produced an info graphic to show how the 2017 balls compare with the current range.
When manufacturers launch a new range it has 3 effects
1. It make us really busy creating new images, barcodes and listings
2. It gives the user an opportunity to purchase the balls they are currently using, at a discounted price
3. It makes other manufacturers take note, as a new range often means higher quality balls and new standards being set.
Molten have a great range of match footballs that are used in semi professional games and the balls are very good quality at a decent price. The VG5000 footabll is the official football for the BUCS games and is fully bonded (similar to the Hyperseam balls). The VG2500 is a budget match ball but is also a fully bonded ball proving popular with schools and clubs. One ball that is currently available whilst stocks last is the VG4000 and is currently discount by around 33% and is our favourite match ball from Molten. In 2018 Molten launched a whole new range of match and training balls to coincide with their new deal to supply the Europa League match ball. They all have the same graphics as the official ball but vary in quality. The training ball is called the 1000 and then there are various qualities of match ball.
Mitre and Precision Training both have footballs suitable for Futsal and we currently stock the Mitre Tempest and the Precision Training Sau Paulo both in size 4.
When new ranges come into stock it often means we may have extra discounts available on the range be fazed out. Look out for great deals this year on the Mitre Eccita and Mitre Vandis as both balls have been discontinued and we have a number of the older Mitre footballs available at up to 50% off. There is nothing wrong with the quality of these balls and are discounted to clear to make space for the new ranges.