adidas Confederations Cup Glider Soccer Ball
- A hard-wearing ball that keeps bouncing back
- Rubber bladder for best air retention
- Machine-stitched for high durability
- Requires inflation
- Size 5 ball (official size) suggested for ages 12+
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Standing out with bold graphics, this soccer ball's durable build makes it ideal for developing your skills. The tough TPU cover has been machine stitched for longevity while its rubber bladder gives it a soft touch and response for controlled play.
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I am in Africa right now and I brought ten with me and these balls have given so many smiles to the little towns I passed through.
I hope they last.
I can attest they held air for two weeks while here and have a great high quality feel.
10/10 were great.
I even kicked some around and they were perfect and because I'm here filming for another project I played in a couple pick up games with camera I tried to upload some high quality camera work with the ball in action, but I'll probably need to wait to get back to the States because my internet connection is slow.
I bought 10 deflated then carried them in my bag and gave them out to local children and brightened their day but you don't need to be in Africa to enjoy this ball you can do it anywhere it's a great ball. I played soccer at a college level and I would have been very happy with this in my prime. Also the package came as expected and was perfect thanks.
Initially, I was skeptical of how this ball will feel/handle on wet grass as it felt quite smooth (almost slippery to hold). But almost after it's first use, I have fully enjoyed it as it holds air well, the outer surface doesn't get rough, works well in rain and on wet grass, feel good to handle and has good control.
Quick tip: though it came with air and great packaging (as it's displayed in shops), I thought it needed more air as I felt soft, but I was wrong...and had to take extra air that I pumped out again.
A quick way to tell whether it is lopsided or not is to throw it up in the air right above your head, maybe 15 feet or so. If it spins in a perfect circle, then it's not lopsided, but if it has ANY kind of a wobble to it, it's lopsided. Depending on how severe the wobble would determine HOW lopsided it is.
I got the black and yellow ball for my almost 4-year-old, and the ball is as nice looking as it seems in the pictures.
It also has an excellent grip on it.
The one I got IS lopsided, but not severely. You can't tell by looking at it, but you CAN tell when it's thrown in the air.
Here's the thing. Magic Johnson used to dribble the basketball when he was growing up, in the grass! Yes, that's true. Because the ball almost never bounces back precisely where it would on a totally flat surface, dribbling on grass for hours a day would make someone an extremely adept ball handler, i.e., Magic Johnson.
So I'm gonna look at this lopsided ball like Magic and his basketball. If this soccer ball goes a little off path, unexpectedly, it's gonna help my son quickly readjust to the new ball path, and I think it will improve his skill, maybe more quickly than it would have otherwise.
Having said THAT, lol, I will be looking to get him another ball as well that is not lopsided.
Hope this was helpful!
It does glow, not that brightly, you're not gonna play in the dark, but it will probably get you an extra 15 minutes of playing time before it's "too dark". Good thing if you're a kid, not so great if you want that kid to come in and take a bath.
We were hoping to use them as game balls for the Fall season as well, however they are falling apart. They are actually still holding air fine, so are decent practice balls, but the outer shell is peeling at the seams and they're ugly now. Expected a little more out of them based on the amount of use, so will be trying something else for game balls this season.
From experience, for size 4 at least, it seems you have to buy a few to get one that holds air properly, and also spend a bit more than this one costs ($15 and up should be ok) IMO the best one is the Baden Thermo, but prices vary wildly (try to catch it on a low!)
In fact it's so good, ours was stolen the second time we used it at practice!
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The material covering the ball is definitely cheap (it peels and the ball "stains" easily) but I would still recommend it, especially for the price.
The ball itself feels light. Bit of hollowness when you kick it. I didn’t want to pump it up too hard because I didn’t want my son to get hurt, but I made it quite firm. This is something quite similar with other lower end balls. Even though it’s adidas, it’s not their best ball.
Good for a little kick around or practice. But better balls exist out there if you’re a more serious player.
Second one was 67 CM and stretched out to 68 cm after being over inflated for a week. Size should be 69-71 CM at proper inflation pressure.
Otherwise the ball seems fairly sturdy and I like the high visibility orange. Has already picked up some scuffs after 20 minutes of shooting. I guess this is what I get for buying the cheapest one on amazon.