Ball Sizes

Soccer Ball Sizes

Soccer balls come in different sizes to suit players of varying ages and skill levels. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) and various soccer governing bodies provide guidelines on ball sizes. Here are the standard sizes for soccer balls:

Size 5
Standard Size: Size 5 soccer balls are the standard size used in professional and adult-level soccer matches.
Circumference: Approximately 27-28 inches (68-70 cm).
Weight: Typically, Size 5 balls weigh between 14-16 ounces (400-450 grams).
Recommended for players aged 12 and older.

Size 4:
Standard Size: Size 4 soccer balls are slightly smaller and lighter than Size 5 balls, making them suitable for youth players.
Circumference: Approximately 25-26 inches (63-66 cm).
Weight: Usually, Size 4 balls weigh between 12-13 ounces (350-370 grams).
Recommended for players aged 8 to 12.

Size 3:
Standard Size: Size 3 soccer balls are smaller and lighter, designed for the youngest soccer players.
Circumference: Approximately 23-24 inches (58-61 cm).
Weight: Typically, Size 3 balls weigh between 10-12 ounces (290-340 grams).
Recommended for players aged 6 to 8.

Size 2:
Mini balls or Size 2 balls are even smaller and are often used for skill-building exercises, juggling practice, or by very young children for fun and early introduction to the game.
Circumference: Approximately 20-22 inches (51-56 cm).
Weight: These balls are very light, usually around 7-8 ounces (200-230 grams).

Size 1:
Miniature or novelty-sized soccer balls, often used for promotional purposes or as collectibles.
Circumference and weight can vary significantly, but they are much smaller than standard Size 5 balls.

It’s important to select the appropriate ball size based on the age and skill level of the players. Using the correct ball size helps players develop their skills, control, and overall enjoyment of the game. Always check the rules and guidelines of the league or organization you are playing with, as they may have specific requirements for ball size – based on the age group.