Footballs at a small price
Football is a sport to thrill crowds worldwide. Not for nothing, huge events regularly attract millions of viewers to the screens. Already at a young age, emerging talents love to kick the round leather ball with plenty of enthusiasm, and after some time lots of balls look their age. At SportSpar you’ll find suitable replacement – highest quality at an affordable price!
History is boring? Not in this case: A short history of the football
It’s really worth having a closer look at the history of the football as a piece of sports equipment. It all began in China, the cradle of the world’s most popular sport. Here, people used to play with leather balls already in pre-Christian times. Those balls were filled with feathers and animal hair. Later, they used balls made of nets filled with old pieces of fabric. Inflated balls appeared between 220 and 680 AD. And then … nothing interesting happened for ages.
Let’s go on to the 1930s, a time when Argentinians invented the ball with a valve. However, the biggest problem then was the unfinished leather those balls were made of. When it rained, the balls absorbed the water and increased weight. Manufacturers prevented this by first impregnating the balls and later by bonding fully synthetic balls. Another important milestone in the development of this piece of sports equipment was its shape, introduced in 1970: Since then a football is a truncated icosahedron – the correct geometrical term – consisting of twelve regular pentagonal and twenty regular hexagonal panels.
Affordable footballs - no problem at SportSpar
You have an easy job if you’d like to buy affordable footballs. First, because all around the world, believe it or not, 40 millions of these balls are produced every year. Second, because SportSpar is your expert for affordable footballs. Most of the balls in our product range meet the official FIFA laws.
According to the FIFA, a ball size 5 has to be:
- made of leather or another suitable material
- of a circumference between 70 cm (28 ins) and 68 cm (27 ins)
- between 450 g (16 oz) and 410 g (14 oz) in weight at the start of the match
- of a pressure equal to 0.6 - 1.1 atmosphere (600 - 1,100 g/cm²) at sea level (8.5lbs/sq in - 15.6 lbs/sq in)
In addition, SportSpar also sells affordable footballs in size 3 and 4 which are mainly used for kids and junior football. And don’t forget we offer useful football equipment, too! How about, for example, a practical 2-in-1 football goal which you can also use as a goal wall? Or some replacement needles for your Adidas Ball Pump? And have a look at all the different football boots on special offer at our SportSpar football shop!.
Jokes about German humour and ethusiasm? Definitely not at the stadium!
Being a dyed-in-the-wool football fan, you certainly came across one or two funny stories about footballs, such as the highest speed of a football (by the way, unbelievable 212 km/h (132 mph) – a record hold by Brasilian Ronny Heberson Furtado de Araújo). Another very funny story happened in November 2004 in the Belgian Premier League. R.S.C. Anderlecht played against La Louvière. Anderlecht’s Walter Baseggio scored 1-1 with a remarkable 20 metres volley. However, that’s not the story: The ball exploded during its flight, but the deflated sphere still made its way to the goal and the referee allowed the goal – to the great displeasure of the visiting team. After the match, ending 2-1 for Anderlecht, La Louvière objected. The subsequent legal dispute took several months. In the end, La Louvière’s objection was rejected.
Recommended (retail price): Buy trendy footballs at SportSpar
If you buy footballs at SportSpar, you choose from a large number of balls by renown brands such as Givova, Dunlop and Puma. Maybe, you'll even discover a Premier League football among our huge range of products. In any case, get your favourite ball and become a world champion - or at least one of the starting eleven of your team!