How To Buy Soccer Balls In Bulk

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Step 1

Step number one: How many balls do you want? Do you have a large squad? If you're running 21 deep, get 21 balls. A good rule of thumb is to have at least one ball for each player. Here's a helpful tip though: Check out what the discount is for purchasing in bulk. Most sites have tiered pricing per ball based on quantity ordered. It may be worth it to buy a few more and get a cheaper rate.

Step 2

Step number two: Are these practice balls? More than likely you will be asked to provide a ball for some matches. I recommend trying to find a ball that is good enough for game use. These types of soccer balls are called "match balls" as opposed to "practice balls." Simple enough, right? But what's the difference? A match ball typically is made using either four or five layers of lining. A practice ball will not have more than four. Basically the more lining the better and the softer the ball. Match balls will also usually bear a FIFA approved mark (a good way to tell).

Step 3

Step number three: What are the conditions you'll be playing in? Do you live in a rainy area? Are your fields muddy? Bumpy? Pick out a ball with good durability and water resistance. I also would avoid buying professional match soccer balls (the next step up in quality from a match ball) if you're going to be playing near a parking lot (where stray shots will land and scuff up the balls) or in generally poor, non-turf conditions. You'll be disappointed at how quickly your shiny, new soccer balls will become dirty and scratched up.

Step 4

Have you thought about color possibilities? This is an often neglected aspect of the purchase, but it doesn't have to be more expensive or any more of a hassle to pick a soccer ball in the team's color(s). While it shouldn't probably be your first consideration, there are a lot of quality soccer balls out there, and a quick google search of ___(color)___ match/practice soccer balls will bring up plenty of viable options

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In the high school tournaments I played in, whichever team won the game got to keep the match ball. We ended up getting some pretty sweet balls for team practice as a result of this.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

Playing club we were always expected to bring our own balls to practice, but for my high school team, they were always there because the school has a rich tradition of soccer. We had more equipment than we knew what to do with. If you're coaching a fairly high performance team, it sometimes makes since to buy balls for practice. If you happen to be a high school or college coach, you will be expected to provide them. Your players won't be pleased if you make them carry a soccer ball through school with them every day.

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