What size soccer ball do I need?
Buying the right size soccer ball for your kid is an important decision. You don't want to show up to the field on the first day of practice with a soccer ball your child isn't allowed to use!
Regulation sizes are determined by age, and practicing with a ball that's the correct size and weight will help your child build muscle memory for dribbling, shooting, and passing.
Size 4 Soccer Ball
A Size 4 soccer ball is used by players 12 years old and under.
It’s 25-26 inches in diameter and weighs between 12-13 ounces or about as much as a can of soda. Proper inflation for a Size 4 soccer ball is between approximately 8.5 and 15.6 psi. A good inflation test is to hold the ball at head height and drop it (safely!). If it bounces up to around your waist, it’s likely well-inflated.
Because it is smaller, younger kids with smaller feet can easily control the Size 4 soccer ball. This allows them to complete drills and build muscle memory without pushing their legs and ankles to their limits.
Size 5 Soccer Ball
Players 13 years old and over use a Size 5 soccer ball, including those in the highest soccer leagues in Europe.
It’s 27-28 inches in diameter and is a little heavier than a Size 4 ball, at about 14-16 ounces. Proper inflation for a Size 5 ball is the same as Size 4, between approximately 8.5 and 15.6 psi, and the bounce test works here as well. Under or overinflating the ball can affect its performance and longevity, just like it does with tires.
The larger size provides more surface area for different creative skills and allows for more dynamic touches.
What size soccer ball should I buy?
Luckily, Dribbleup produces both a Size 4 and Size 5 Smart Soccer Ball in order to grow with your young athlete as they develop their skills and love for the game. Consistency in training makes all the difference.
Habits formed with Dribbleup at 9 years old with a Size 4 soccer ball can build a foundation for success at age 15 when using a Size 5 soccer ball. In fact, dribbling and touch drills are performed daily by the best soccer players in the world. Starting your son or daughter early will pay dividends for years to come!
Help your kids get better at soccer
The Dribbleup Smart Soccer Ball is the answer. Along with the app, you’ll have plenty of drills and challenges to boost your dribbling skills in as little as 15 minutes each day.
With over 4,900 reviews and a 4.6/5 star rating (as of 3/28/2023), your child will love practicing at home with this training tool. So join the Dribbleup fam today!
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