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Getting the Most out of your Football

Thank you for your football purchase. In order to prolong the life of your football and to get the maximum enjoyment from it, please take the time to look over this helpful information.

It is highly likely your football is made from PVC and/or Microfibre PU.

  • These balls are suitable for grass use only, If used on an artificial grass surface the cover will also likely discolor. Use on hard or abrasive surfaces may irreversibly damage the covering.
  • Please keep the football out of direct sunlight (either outdoors or locked in a vehicle). Exposure to heat for prolonged periods of time may expand the bladder and cause damage to the ball.
  • The bladders in the ball are predominantly butyl, (a bladder designed to retain air). However, it should be expected that a fully inflated football will lose air over time.
  • The ball should only be used when it is inflated to the correct pressure tolerances, as stated on the ball. This should be checked each and every time you use it. Just because a ball loses air over time does not necessarily mean the bladder is faulty. Debris on a grass surface and the rubber granules on artificial pitches will often get lodged in the valve which allows air to escape.
  • All footballs have a recommended inflation unit printed around their inflation valves. This will usually be in psi (pounds per square inch) or bar.
  • If you do exceed the recommended inflation guide you risk damaging the stitching and also voiding any warranty. If you do over-inflate a ball, release the pressure immediately. It may not be apparent just by looking at the ball that it is over-inflated, another sign is if it is hard to the touch, and the stitching can possibly give way.
  • Make sure you have access to a hand or mini electric pump and a ball pressure gauge. Do not get the ball inflated using a tyre pump at a garage. They expel too much air, too quickly.

To properly inflate the ball, apply a drop of silicone oil/Vaseline into the valve or on the needle. Hold the bladder from the valve panel tightly and only then insert the needle. Partially inflate the ball and make sure the bladder is in the correct position, then inflate, periodically checking with a ball pressure gauge until the recommended pressure is achieved.

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