More and more, soccer and futsal clubs in the USA are starting to play the game of futsal year-round, making the sport more popular and accessible to millions of players around the country. But there is no question that the largest number of players enjoy Futsal from November until March, when leagues kick off.
Choosing the right ball: How to decide on the best option?
There are some important points to consider:
1- Knowing the types of balls: There are different types of balls, whether you are playing indoor or outdoor and basically depending on where you are going to play: firm ground (natural grass) artificial turf, street (concrete or blacktop), court (gym) and even a sandy beach. Futsal balls are meant to be used indoors on hard surfaces. Futsal balls are also classified as to whether they can be used for training or for games and there are special models only for professional players. The price will vary accordingly.
2- Knowing what they are made of: If you are playing indoors, on hard surfaces, you will need a ball made with foam so it weighs more and bounces less. The outer part of the ball deserves attention too. Futsal balls are exposed to constant impact on the hard floor and walls. The more resistant the cover, the better chance balls will have of not becoming waterlogged, torn or peeled.
The covers come in the form of 32 hexagonal, soft to the touch panels that can be hand-sewn, which makes the ball last longer; machine-stitched, thermally bonded or a combination of both options, which is being used by many manufacturers and is proving good results.
3- Knowing the different sizes: they can also come in different sizes.
The lower the size of the player, the smaller the ball should be. It’s important to have the right size ball as you develop to learn proper control and technique and gain confidence. Matching the right ball to the right age group is important.There is mainly .
Size 2: is ideal for ages 7 and under, it is 21 inches and weighs 11 to 12 ounces;
Size 3: is suitable for ages 8 to 12, it is 23 inches and weighs 12/13 ounces;
Size 4: for ages 13 and up, it is 25 inches and weighs 14/16 ounces.
SIZE 2 | Ages 7 and under
SIZE 3 | Ages 8 to 12
SIZE 4 | Ages 13 and up
4- Knowing what you are buying: quality-price. When buying a ball, It is important to know you are acquiring a product that meets the highest standards of quality and has a certification. All Senda Fustal Balls are Fair Trade certified. The logo printed on the ball means each ball meets the standards required by Transfair USA, that is, better life for workers, fair prices for producers, no child labour and environmental care.
Also, Senda offers a 1 year warranty for shape and construction.
Senda is committed to producing the best quality balls available, a product made using advanced materials and the highest technology.