adidas is the official match ball provider for the UEFA Champions League in the 2016-17 season. If it’s good enough for UEFA, it should be good enough for you. You can have everything from exactly the same sort of ball that features in the European matches, to training balls and their lower priced ‘glider’ balls. adidas also manufacturers lighter balls for junior players and small balls will help improve your skill and teach you how to dribble and pass more accurately. Their official match balls, as you would expect, are a stunning piece of kit. They feature a thermally bonded seamless surface that helps the ball maintain an accurate flight. The balls have all passed FIFA tests on circumference, weight, bounce and water absorption. They’re a work of art, made from 100% polyurethane imitation leather. You can also get a similar ball with a seamless surface for training purposes. It looks like the official UEFA Champions League match ball but is aimed at giving you much greater value. Elsewhere in the adidas range you will find balls featuring the colours and crest of some of the top clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus or Olympique Marseilles. With a nod to the cost-conscious, adidas manufactures a range of what they call ‘glider’ balls. These are slightly lower priced than the official match balls, but offer very similar performance. For example, they have a Butyl bladder for best air retention and correct bounce. The Butyl bladder is also renowned for helping the ball keeps its shade. Glider balls are made from 100% imitation leather, which means minimal water retention and excellent durability. Most of them also feature eye-catching graphics. The Tango All-around ball is made from 100% rubber. It features an appearance and design which harks back to 1978 when the Tango ball first appeared and became a benchmark for top-quality balls. No matter which adidas ball you go for, you can be sure that it is manufactured to the highest standard and will perform at the sort of level that sees them used by the world’s top teams and in the top competitions.