Things to consider when buying soccer balls
When looking for a soccer ball, you will notice that you get cheap soccer balls and then you also get balls on the other side of the spectrum that are extremely expensive. There are good reasons for the large variance in pricing. It all depends on factors like size and environment. Here are some things to consider when buying soccer balls:
There are several sizes of balls that depend on the age of the player. Younger players will probably need a size three with teenagers using a size four and most adults using a size five. Check with your league about what size you should purchase.
Most normal practice conditions are outdoors, however, if you play indoors you will need a different ball for those conditions.
Rubber balls are a good choice if you are price conscious. Unfortunately, although they are a good deal and have excellent durability, they do not behave like standard league balls. Look for a moderately priced polyurethane ball that most leagues accept. This way any practice will translate to the pitch.
The number and makeup of the panels determine the movement of the ball through the air and the amount of control. According to Soccer Garage: Many of today’s soccer balls forgo the classic stitched panel design for thermally bonded seamless surfaces that provide for a more predictable trajectory.
Most players and leagues prefer a lighter ball. Heavier balls are harder to kick, can cause injury and lose momentum through the air faster. The weight of the ball will depend on the age of the player.