SOCCER Ball Care
To care for your soccer ball you need to pay attention to three general areas:
- Proper use.
- Correct inflation.
- Don’t abuse your soccer ball
- Avoid kicking it hard against walls
- Never sit or stand on your soccer ball
- Check the pressure often
- Deflate your ball slightly after a game
- Let a little air out of your soccer ball.
- Reduces the stress on the ball when it's not in use.
- Play on grass, turf, or artificial playing surfaces.
Soccer balls lose air pressure over time. Be sure to check the pressure frequently to make sure the ball is properly inflated. Therefore, invest in a good ball pump, have a supply of inflation needles and use a low pressure gauge to measure for proper inflation.
- Balls must be pumped regularly to keep them inflated
- Most soccer ball is 6 to 8 PSI (lbs.) of air
- Inflating soccer ball too much or too little can damage the ball and affect play
- Always moisten the inflation needle before you insert it into the valve
How to Inflate a Soccer Ball
- Get a air pump and a ball pump needle
- Attach the ball pump needle into the air pump
- Determine the ideal air pressure for your soccer ball
- Lubricate the needle and valve
- Use either silicone or glycerin oil, and place a few drops in and around the valve in the soccer ball. This helps maintain the valve, and helps with the needle insertion. Lubricate the needle with the same oil.
- Take the handle on the pump and start pumping until the ball feels firm
- Stop pumping once the gauge reaches the proper air pressure level
- Clean your ball after use
- Clean the ball with a brush and water
- Dry the ball with a cloth
- Place the ball in a ventilated room with a temperature 59-68°F