Soccer Ball Size Chart

From its inception, the beautiful game of soccer has continually found ways to improve the sport, resulting in an enjoyable experience for the players, coaches, and fans. These adjustments include perfecting the most essential piece of equipment, the soccer ball. Updates are constantly applied to the materials used and construction of the ball, while one factor has remained constant - the soccer ball size.

The first soccer ball specifications, or football codes, were introduced in 1863 by the Football Association. After initial revisions in 1872, the specs have largely been kept in place and maintained by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). These rules can be found in Law 2: The Ball. These rules also apply to the FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs. The Law only applies to a Regulation Size 5 Soccer Ball, and with the following characteristics:

Regulation Size 5 Soccer Ball
 Shape Circumference Weight Internal Pressure
Spherical 27 - 28 in. (68-70 cm) 14 -16 oz. (410-450 g) 600 - 1100 g/cm2 (0.6-1.1 atmosphere)
*Note: US Youth Soccer recommends a size 4 or smaller for ages under 13

 

The US Youth Soccer Policy on Player and Playing Rules has a much more detailed age based set of rules. The US Youth Soccer ball specifications, include:

US Youth Soccer Ball Specifications
 Size Ages Circumference Weight
5 13+ 27 - 28 in. 14 -16 oz.
4 8 - 12 25 - 26 in. 11 -13 oz.
3 U12 23 - 24 in. 11 -12 oz.

 

The last ball on the list is arguably the most versatile, the Size 1 Soccer Ball. This mini soccer ball is often used for ages under 6 years of age when developing their first touch. Advanced players of all ages use a size 1 ball as a solo training tool to enhance skills and coordination. The ball is also used at camps, for promotions, and more. Size 1 Soccer Ball specifications, include: 

 

Size 1 Mini Soccer Ball
 Ages Circumference Weight
U6 18 - 20 in. Under 12 oz.