How to Choose Your Football Ball?

You can't play football without a ball! And it’s essential to choose your ball according to the type of football you play.

A man doing training drills with a football inside a stadium

KIPSTA offers a full range of balls to suit all types of football. From casual kickabouts to 11-a-side training, competitive matches, as well as futsal and 5-a-side. But which ball is the best for your type of football?

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2 men playing football in a stadium

1. Casual Football

Footballs for Playing On Grass

For playing on grass, you will need an intro ball which maintains its shape and has a good bounce quality while you play.

F100 Kipsta football size 5 Yellow

For Playing on Grass and Sand

For playing on grass and sand, you will need a comfortable, lighter ball that is less painful to kick with bare feet.

THERMOBONDED BEACH SOCCER BALL SIZE 5 - YELLOW

For Playing on all other Surfaces

For playing on any other surface, you will need a highly durable ball made of rubber material.

Barrio street football

2. 11-A-Side Training And Matches

For 11-a-side football and football academies, we recommend choosing a durable ball with a butyl bladder to guarantee the ball maintains its shape and rebound quality.

The ball panels may feature different stitching (hand stitching, machine stitching, thermal binding) which also help the ball maintain its round shape and resistance.

All KIPSTA 11-a-side balls are put through a 6-stage protocol approval test to guarantee optimal quality.

1- weight

2- sphericity

3- circumference

4- pressure loss

5- water absorption

6- consistent rebound



Finally, there are different ball sizes to choose from: for the smallest players, choose a size 1 or size 3 ball, which are lighter and more manageable for kids. For children under 8, choose a size 4 ball. For children ages, 8 to 12 go for a size 4, and children over 12 years choose a size 5 football. You'll find the ball size written on the ball.

For Beginners And Occasional Play

If you're just starting out or play occasionally, you'll need a durable ball. We recommend a machine-stitched ball; this type of ball maintains its shape and rebound quality during play.

FOOTBALL SIZE 4 FIRST KICK (FOR KIDS AGES 9 TO 12 YEARS) - RED

For Training And Regular Players

If you do regular training and matches, you need a durable ball that will stay well inflated and provide extra playing comfort. For this we recommend a ball from the HYBRID range. This type of ball features a revolutionary hybrid construction, with hidden stitching on the inside of the ball for extra durability and added foam that provides extra playing comfort.

HYBRID FOOTBALL FIFA BASIC F500 SIZE 5 - WHITE/YELLOW

For Weekly Matches

If you play matches on a weekly basis, you need a durable ball that will maintain its shape and provide optimal playing precision (balls that comply with FIFA standards). For this we recommend a thermobound football. The ball's structure gives it a perfect round shape and excellent water-resistant qualities, while it's textured material provides optimal precision.

THERMOBONDED SIZE 5 FOOTBALL FIFA QUALITY PRO F950 - YELLOW

3. Futsal And 5-A-Side

The Best Balls for Futsal

For futsal, we recommend a heavier size 4 ball with a lower rebound. This ball will have a controlled bounce.

The Best Balls for 5-a-Side Football

For playing 5-a-side on a synthetic turf surface, we recommend a ball with a semi-controlled bounce.

François-Xavier

François-Xavier

Football Expert

All our balls are unique, with their own durability, pressure and precision.

It is important to carefully check your ball's pressure for easier play and greater ball durability.