It is very easy to assume that size 3 balls are purely for junior football. Even though they are designed for use by players aged up to 9 years old they also make really good training balls. A small ball is lighter and easier to control, making it ideal for players wanting to improve technique or build their confidence. It is ideal for beginners too.
Don’t assume that because the ball is smaller and aimed at a younger market that it is going to be of an inferior quality. You can go for a budget ball, but many of the size 3 balls offer the same quality materials and high standard of manufacture as the size 5 match balls. Many are machine stitched with bladders to ensure that the shape is retained.
Size 3 is the smallest official ball circumference of 58-60cms and a weight of 310-340 grams. Nike has a great range of size 3 balls. They also provide them in a wide choice of team colours that will appeal to younger players. As well as assisting younger players hone their skills, a smaller ball is also ideal for indoor or the small-sided game.
The Nike Strike ball is a classic example of a ball that is sensibly priced but is of hard-wearing quality, which should give years of service. Nike is obviously confident in their product because they give it a two year stitching and shape guarantee. It’s also brightly coloured, making it easier to see during play.
Mitre, as with most major manufacturers, are keen to retain users from junior through to adult. Consequently, their top quality size 5 ball is also available as a size 3 football. They have developed a technique called Hyperseam that fuses the seams on the surface of the ball to help improve its flight, shape retention and pressure. It’s good to see that younger players get all of the technology in their size 3 balls as the adults do in the size 5 products.