FAQs

Why does my ball need to be inflated more often?
The majority of SELECT balls are made with a latex bladder. This is a natural material with open micro pores which enables air to leak over time. FIFA standards for a quality ball allow for this air loss in their criteria.

Inflation Instructions

What is the difference in a latex, butyl and synthetic rubber (SR) bladder?
Latex: a soft, lively and bouncy bladder made from a natural material with open micro pores which enables air to leak. Used in top quality balls.
Butyl: know for its excellent air retention but feels harder than latex. The bounce is normally lower than latex which is why futsal balls have butyl bladders. 
Synthetic Rubber (SR): excellent air retention mostly used for machine stitched balls

What is the difference in a latex zero-wing bladder and a latex 7-wing bladder?
Zero-wing: the roundest bladder possible
7-wing: faster and less costly production, not as round as a zero-wing

Zero-Wing Bladder                                                      7-Wing Bladder

 

What is the difference in a hand sewn ball and a machine sewn ball?
Hand stitched balls are sewn by hand and consist of more layers. Those layers consist of casing (top material), underlining, bladder and valve, stitching and foam (some models). Machine stitched balls are fast and inexpensive to produce. Often they are made with two layers of underlining and a heavier bladder. Stitching is vulnerable due to the visible/exposed stitching. 

What is a dual bonded ball?
A combination of stitching (hand or machine) and bonding. Panels are sewn and then glued together to reduce water uptake and protect the stitching.

Why the 32-panel design?
In 1962, Eigil Nielsen discovered that 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons made a perfectly round ball. The 32 panels allow for with the most predictable bounce and straight flight.


Soccer ball sizes:
Size 3: used for ages 6 - 10. Circumference of 59.5 - 60.5 cm
Size 4: used for ages 11 - 12. Circumference of 64.0 - 65.5 cm
Size 5: used for ages 13 and up. Circumference of 68.6 - 71.1 cm

Futsal ball sizes:
Senior:
FIFA Approved: circumference 62.5 – 63.5 cm
IMS & SELECT: circumference 62.0 – 64.0 cm
Junior:
Junior/ SELECT U13: circumference 57.0 – 59.0 cm
SELECT U11: circumference 52.5 – 54.5 cm
SELECT U9: circumference 49.5 – 51.5 cm
SELECT offers the Talento series as an exclusive training line of futsal balls specifically designed for younger ages available in Junior/U13, U11 and U9.

Handball sizes:
Size 3: circumference 58 – 60 cm, used for males 16 and over
Size 2: circumference 54 – 56 cm, used for females 14 and over and males ages 12 -16
Size 1: circumference 20 – 52 cm, used for females ages 8 – 14 and males ages 8 – 12
Size 0: circumference 46 – 48 cm, used for children 8 and younger

Difference of a soccer ball and a futsal ball?
Soccer balls are used indoor and outdoor, have bladder filled with air and come in a variety of sizes designed for each age group. Futsal balls are typically used indoor, are weighted due to a bladder filled with microfibers and come in either senior or junior sizes. Futsal balls have 30% less bounce than soccer balls.

What setting is each type of ball used in?
Pro level: used in professional and college matches. Our top-quality ball meeting FIFA, NFHS and NCAA standards.
Club Match Level: meets IMS and NFHS standards. Prefect match and training balls for  clubs, high schools or colleges.
Club Training: Great for all levels on a limited budget wanting a quality ball
Camp/Retail: premium camp and recreational ball for grass
Futsal: used for futsal matches. Typically played indoor or on hard surface courts. Low bounce for optimal control.

What are the different standards?
FIFA Quality Pro: The highest quality of soccer balls. Balls must meet specific criteria based on weight, circumference, sphericity, loss of pressure, water absorption, and rebound.
IMS (International Match Standard): Balls must meet criteria for weight, circumference, sphericity, loss of pressure, water absorption and rebound.
NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations): Balls must meet specific criteria based on circumference, weight and outer casing.

What is SELECT's criteria for a perfect ball?

  • A flight through the air as straight as an arrow
  • Light and lively, but above all predictable
  • Retention of balance, weight, shape and bounce
  • Long durability (long lasting quality)

Why are balls shipped flat?
Balls are shipped flat to decrease possibility of damage and to reduce shipping cost. Pumps and needles are not provided.

Is a warranty offered?
If a product has a warranty it is listed in the description of each product.

Where do you ship?
Select Sport America currently ships in the United States only.

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