When it comes to playing football it doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner of a pro, you still need to train. Come rain or shine, winter or summer, indoors or outside, you still need to train to either maintain fitness or improve your skills and technique.
Consequently, training balls tend to be multi-purpose. The same ball can be used in just about every condition. The only guideline is probably down to the age of the person using the ball. Junior footballers need a size 3, youths will use size 4, and older teenagers and adults move up to the size 5 ball.
If you are using the ball indoors or on a 5-a-side pitch for example, a small ball also makes more sense because they are easier to control and usually have less bounce.
Because a training ball is normally used for close control, passing, tackling, set pieces and dribbling skills, you won’t need a ball that is engineered to a high standard to maintain a true flight through the air. This is reflected in the price. A training ball will be cheaper than a match ball.
The Mitre Tactic Ball is a classic training ball. You can use it on any surface. It will be tough and hard-wearing. It won’t harden during the winter.
Most training balls will be made from polyurethane, but some are rubber based. These often have dimples and ridges to help with control.
A good dual purpose ball that will suit your needs for both training and match play, is the adidas UCL Finale Training Ball. It has a seamless surface that reduces any water uptake. It also looks very similar to the Champions League match ball but comes at a fraction of the price.
It’s a similar story with the Nike Team Training ball. It has a machine stitched polyurethane outer casing and a proper bladder to help the ball maintain its shape. It’s also available in size 1 to 5.
The range of training balls is terrific. They will be ideal for schools, local leagues and professional clubs.