When shopping for the perfect soccer ball, there are a few things to consider. First is size. Soccer balls come in five sizes, with size 2 and 3 being the best for children and a standard size 5 ball fitting most adults. The design and construction are also important. The exterior of the ball determines its durability and should be made of materials like synthetic leather, TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) or polyurethane (PU). While polyurethane is known to be more durable, synthetic leather and TPU balls offer superior control. You’ll also want to consider the material used in the bladder of the ball, or the inner part that gives the ball its shape and movement. Butyl is best for air retention, while latex/rubber in the bladder offers better bounce (professionals usually opt for the latter style). With all this in mind, we rounded up some of the best soccer balls on the market.
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1. Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball
With a durable synthetic leather cover, this ball offers good control and durability while a butyl rubber bladder provides optimal air and shape retention.
Pros: It’s available in three sizes and two colors to consider. It comes already inflated, unlike the others.
Cons: It may start to look scuffed up.
2. Adidas Confederations Cup Glider Soccer Ball
This ball features a tough TPU cover that’s machine-stitched for high durability and a rubber bladder offering plenty of bounce.
Pros: It comes in four sizes and 14 bold designs to choose from.
Cons: Some may find the finish a tad slippery, especially when wet.
3. GlowCity Light Up Soccer Ball
Unlike the other models on our list, this size 5 nylon ball features bright LED lights secured with rubber grommets for a glow-in-the-dark effect.
Pros: Two sets of batteries are included. The lights are impact-activated and turn off when you’re finished.
Cons: Some may find this ball heavier than your standard size 5 ball.