Several weeks ago, I asked my readers for recommendations on Size 4 Soccer balls. One of the points made by a reader was keeping cost down – because kids do lose balls! There’s been an epidemic of balls picked up by other players at our club.
I settled on the Select “Club” ball for my two sons and ordered a pair of them. They arrived earlier this week and the kids have both been using them since.
Several positives for this ball:
- Fairly unique on our fields. I haven’t seen any balls in this color combination at our training or practice sessions. This makes a difference when it’s time to find your ball at the end of practice.
- Really solid touch when it’s fully inflated. It doesn’t have much padding under the cover, which I prefer in a ball.
- Has a good weight to it. It doesn’t bounce like a rubber playground ball.
- $15.99 price point for this colorway. That was cheaper than a lot of the balls I also considered.
We will see over time how well the ball holds up and keeps inflation.
Coincidentally, I found a Size 5 version of the ball locally in the all White colorway at a going-out-of-business sale at a local store and picked it up for myself! It has the same attributes as the Size 4 balls. We used it for part of my match on Sunday and it was positively received by the players. It allowed for properly weighted passes, but wasn’t overtly lively on first touch.
Select seems to produce good balls at a good price point. They are harder to find locally – they are not commonly carried by the Big Box stores – but specialty stores may carry them as well as Soccer.com.