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As with any product, especially your limited edition one of a kind FIFA certified (we recommend the Nike Ordem Line) match ball, you need to take good care of it to safeguard its quality and prolong its lifespan.
One of the facets of this maintenance is knowing how to properly inflate soccer ball?
Few rules to remember :
- Please never ever stand or sit on your soccer ball. It may seem fun and childish for a time but it does deteriorate the quality of your ball in the long run as it causes deflation and lopsidedness.
- Refrain from kicking your ball against a solid wall hard as this damages it and may cause it to wobble during flight.
- Clean your ball using some form of mild soap as most of your soccer balls with being made of quality synthetic leather.
- Do not use a strong pressure of water to spray the ball to clean it, water might lodge itself inside the ball.
Why do you need to inflate soccer ball anyway?
A properly inflated match ball can make all the difference in your tournaments or friendly neighborhood plays. If your air pressure inside the ball is too little, its flight way will be crooked and it won’t be sailing in the air as smoothly and in a straight motion as it should have. A high air pressure may cause the ball to hold in too much air and cause it to burst and deflate thus ruining all your fun. It may bounce weird and prevent a straight flight.
The leather may tear or may cause the ball to become lopsided and ruin its spherical shape. All of these conditions can be easily avoided if you buy a premium quality and well tested match ball as well as if you take the precautions, have the proper tools and follow the steps to inflate your ball accordingly. If you want your soccer ball to have a long and healthy life, keep it well-inflated and well-maintained.
According to FIFA regulations, a normal soccer ball must maintain a recommended pressure of 0.6 and 1.1 bars at sea level. As well as if you look on the manufacturer’s details, they may specify a different pressure. For example MLS stresses that soccer balls must be at a 1.3 rather than FIFA’s range. A little bit of research here can go a long way as well as taking into account the size of the ball. But when it doubt, the FIFA specification is always a safe bet! These experts have to know what they’re doing.
To inflate soccer ball first up, get an air pump and a ball pump needle. They are easy to find and you can buy one at any sporting goods store or online or sometimes even at any Walmart or CVS. Invest in a good quality pump, air gauge, and keep a supply of pump needles readily available. Some pumps have an air gauge built in. If yours doesn’t, make sure you get a low-pressure gauge.
As well as that you’ll also need some silicone or glycerin oil for lubrication. Sometimes you may need to convert bars to psi, the unit standard on most air gauges. To do this multiply by 14.5037, or divide by the same amount to convert the other way. To convert bar to lbs, multiply by 10, or divide by the same amount to convert the other way.
How to do it?
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 as before. Next attach the air needle to the end of the pump. It should slide right in and affix itself well into the pump’s mechanism.
Use the locking support of the pump in case it doesn’t. Once you’re sure that the needle is firmly attached, affix the tip of the needle along with the pump to the opening of the valve of the soccer ball.
Then do what comes naturally! Hold the handle of the pump and start pumping. You will see the ball slowly start to inflate as air is pumped into it. Do it slowly as to not put too much pressure, you’d be surprised to know I’ve actually broken a pump this way.
Don’t be impatient! when the air pressure reaches the proper level required for the specific ball as it says on the gauge. If you do not have a gauge with your pump, take off the needle and check the pressure with a seperate gauge for perfection or check manually so that the ball feels firm, solid and just right!
But what if you haven’t got a Dick’s sporting goods near where you are, or can’t buy online without your parents or just don’t want to get out of the house and walk to a store? Well you can pump your ball full of air without a pump though it’ll require much more elbow grease!
The first process you could implement is the use of a compressed can of air. Found in most offices, you can use this staple to inflate your ball and rush onto the terrain for your next match. The horizontal thin straw attached to the can can (haha) fit into the valve of the soccer ball. Do this in short bursts as the air pressure may cause the ball to cool down and this method will work well for a slightly inflated ball. However, this can be a pretty expensive method to inflate a soccer ball so make sure this is a one time thing!
Another ingenious way for pumping magic is to transfer air from a balloon into a soccer ball. You need a broken pumps needs for this to work. Or you can repurpose a pen’s needle to act as your pump needle. Just make sure you siphon off any remaining ink before implementing such a device. Blow up the balloon as much as possible.
Then, using a paper clip or clamp, close off the balloon’s lip to keep the air inside. Next, attach the pump needle or straw/stirrer to the balloon and insert the other end into the ball’s hole. Release the paper clip or clamp, and the air will begin to transfer into the ball. You can squeeze the balloon to make the air transfer faster.
Of course, there’s my favorite method to inflate soccer ball ! Though it is a tad more expensive, you could opt for one of Spalding’s new match balls that come with a pump embedded within them.
How to Inflate Soccer Ball : A Video Demonstration:
Conclusion : Inflate Soccer Ball
Good luck on your pumping and your soccer adventures whatever method you choose. Remember to play on turf, grass or smooth surfaces instead of rough edges to prolong the life of your soccer ball. And last of all, play safe!