Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to make sure you’re treating your new soccer ball with the respect it deserves. Used properly and depending upon it’s quality, your soccer ball could last years. However, used Improperly, it may not last a season. Don’t let the latter happen to you through neglect and abuse. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of soccer ball care that will help maximize the lifespan of your ball.
After the first use or two, your ball will likely never look pristine again. However, keeping it clean and free of major filth will prolong the life and playability of the ball. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the surface and remove any excess dirt, residue or grime after every use and you’ll never have to resort to playing dirty. Do not use excessive water when cleaning as the ball may absorb some of the water.
For the ball to react the way it’s supposed in flight, it must be inflated to the proper pressure. That means neither over- or under-inflated. Please refer to the pressure printed on the valve stem. Use a pressure gauge and inflate or deflate accordingly. However, before inserting any needle into the ball, it is best to use some lubricant (mineral oil, valve oil or silicon spray work well) on the needle to avoid damaging the air valve. Saliva is not recommended as a lubricant
Not playing for a while? Deflate the ball. Use the same needle you use to inflate it (don’t forget the mineral oil) and just let the pressure off. You don’t have to squeeze the ball just let the air release naturally so the shell and bladder can rest when you aren’t using it.
Soccer balls are designed to take a lot of abuse. Some cosmetic damage will unavoidably occur, but playing on rough, abrasive surfaces like concrete, gravel, asphalt, and even some indoor surfaces can damage your ball. Therefore, our recommendation is that you only use the ball on surfaces for which it is designed. Make sure you buy a soccer ball that matches the game you’ll be playing. If you are unsure, ask us.
Standing on a ball – any ball – is not so smart. Don’t stand on your ball. Standing on a soccer ball will likely damage its structure to an extent that it warps into a permanently oblong configuration rendering it inadequate for play. Sitting on the ball can do the same thing, so no sitting on the ball during breaks, either.
If you have many balls to inflate, invest in a proper electric pump. It is IMPOSSIBLE to regulate air pressure with the air pressure machines at gas stations! The pressure damages ball almost 100% of the time by stretching the seams through over inflating the bladder. Just don’t do it.
Using a wall is a good way to practice quick touches and developing deft footwork that can set you apart on the pitch. However, one of the most common ways players damage their ball is kicking it forcefully against a wall over and over again, which warps its shape. Instead of using a wall, consider using a rebounder or find a teammate to knock the ball back and forth.