Whether you're an experienced soccer player or just starting to learn the game, having the right equipment for you will help you get the most out of the sport.
When choosing a soccer ball, consider size and material. Soccer balls come in sizes 1 through 5. Sizes 1 and 2 are promotional balls and can be used for very young children. Size 3 is for children under 8, size 4 is for ages 8-13 and size 5 is for teens and adults.
Soccer balls used in professional matches are made of synthetic leather with a sewn or rubber cover. Competitive players often choose polyurethane (PU) balls, which are soft, reliable and durable. For outdoor play, a ball with a glossy thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coating is a good choice, since it will resist water absorption, deterioration and abrasions. Soccer balls can also be made from foam.
There are three basic types of soccer goals: with depth, without depth and box shaped. Goals with depth have rounded bars that make the goal stable and a crossbar frame construction that creates room in the net. Goals without depth are lighter and can be moved more easily. Most professional goals are box goals, which are much heavier than other types.
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