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Training Ball Vs Match Ball – What’s The Difference?

Training Ball Vs Match Ball – What’s The Difference?

Whether you’re a player, coach or manager, you will already be aware that there are different balls for matches and training, but do you know what the differences between the two actually are? We do! We’re here to help so let’s take a closer look at how each football is carefully designed for a specific purpose and why it is essential to use the right ball for those two different scenarios.

Training Footballs

Let’s start with explaining what a football built for training is.

All training footballs are made using materials that will withstand the wear and tear that happens through months of practice. Basicaly, they are designed to be tough and stand the test of time. This means your ball is not going to fall to pieces after a few hours of play.

You’ll also find training balls have a thin layer of foam over their surface which makes the ball stiff, meaning it is ideal for a range of different drills while you perfect your play. The ball’s butyl bladder is also used to keep the ball firm and maintain a constant air pressure, avoiding leakages so the ball can be used for longer without needing to be replaced.

As training throughout the season can be done anywhere – on grass, astroturf, concrete, or inside a sports hall – these balls are designed to perform well on a variety of surfaces. With this type of ball, where you play should not affect how the ball performs and therefore, how you play.

Put simply, training balls are specially designed for heavy use over a long period and for great performance no matter the surface.

Match Balls

On the other hand, match balls only need to last the duration of the match and are not designed for prolonged periods of intense use. However, the performance of this type of ball is much more important and must be consistent for the duration of the match.  

To be fit for purpose, match balls are much higher quality than training balls. They can also withstand intense use in all weather conditions, hence their higher cost. The ball’s material is generally stitched by hand and has a thicker foam cover which acts as a greater protective layer.

The major difference between match balls and training balls is that match balls have a latex bladder. This makes the ball ideal for use on grass pitches and is much softer and bouncier, although it does require more frequent inflation as latex has reduced air retention.

Choosing the correct football for your needs can have a big effect on how you play, how the ball performs, and how long your ball lasts. If training, choose a versatile football that stands the test of time. If you have a big match on, opt for a softer ball designed for grass use that focuses on performance.

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