It sounds like a simple process. A player needs a soccer ball for practice so simply buy any ball on the shelf, right? As many parent or player who has played the game knows buying the right type of soccer ball is more complicated than that. As with all soccer gear and equipment, ball technology has advanced leaps and bounds since the days of simply purchasing whatever one can find at a retail store or from a World Cup 1994 Sunny Delight order form.

To help you make the right choice, we have compiled a list of the top soccer balls this fall from some of the best brands.

If you’re a beginner, take a look at some pro tips on how to buy soccer ball before you make a purchase. Here are also the recommended sizes for each age group.

Size 3: Ages 6-10
Size 4: Ages 10-14
Size 5: Ages 14+

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adidas Unisex-Adult Training Texture Ball: For youth soccer, it is important to have a ball that can withstand any weather condition and can take on a rigorous workload. The Adidas Unisex training ball is great for players who are looking to fine tune their skills over extended periods. It is also machine-stitched giving a little extra durability.

adidas Unisex-Adult Training Texture Ball

adidas Women’s World Cup 2023 Oceaunz Competition Ball: Everyone loves a World Cup ball. They look cool and are almost always accompanied by a great commercial. But what sets the best World Cup balls apart are the ones that are playable and made to last. The adidas Oceanuz ball helped make for an exciting 2023 Women’s World Cup and can now be seen across pitches everywhere on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a reason for that- it is highly durable and can be used for all situations (game, training, and competition). The ball has a seamless bonded surface which allows better control and has a high butyl bladder, which requires less air pumping.

adidas Womens World Cup 2023 Oceaunz Competition Ball

Nike Academy Team Ball: For set pieces, the Nike Academy Team Ball is the perfect ball to help work on those difficult corners and free kicks. It is one of the lighter soccer balls on the market, which makes it better for those mid-air scenarios. It also has a reinforced rubber bladder, which allows for better ball control and passing.

Nike Academy Team Ball

Puma Accelerate La Liga 1 Accelerate MS Ball: If your player is looking to work on their ball control during training or in small clinic sessions, the Puma La Liga 1 MS Accelerate MS touch will provide them with an excellent and a high level of durability. Puma also has an Air Lock valve system that allows for the ball to retain air for longer periods of time. It is also one of the more budget-friendly balls on the market, giving players a high level of play while not hurting their parent’s wallet.

Puma Accelerate La Liga 1 Accelerate MS Ball

Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball: A throwback for many, Wilson’s Traditional Soccer Ball is still a solid soccer ball for younger players who are just learning about the game. It is highly durable and has PVC padding and a synthetic cover which makes it great for recreational or camps/clinics. It is also one of the more inexpensive balls on the market, making it a great cost-effective option for parents who are looking for their players to get maximum usage while not breaking their bank.

Wilson Traditional Soccer Ball