World Football regulator FIFA has defined guidelines around football sizes basis different age groups, we want to discuss why there is a need for that and how does that impact the growth of a kid as a footballer.
The right age for a kid to start their training is 3-4 years, and as the kid grows the equipment they should also change with the change in physical features and strength of kid.
The chances of injury increases and learning capability decreases with wrong selection of Football.
Different size fits different age groups, because
First, Development Changes in Muscular Strength, Ligament, and Joints with age
With age, muscle increases first in mass and later in its ability to express strength. Also, neural maturity plays an important role in developing skills that require balance, agility, strength, and power.
Second, Circumference of Football Vs Ankle front concave curve
Imagine a 4 year old kid, playing with Size 5 Football, the Football will come upto the knee of kid. How can the kid learn right skill of football, if he/she cannot even kick it properly.
Know the right Football size for you, the table can be referred for better understanding.
|SIZE OF FOOTBALL||WEIGHT RANGE |
|3 to 6||Size 2||250 – 290||51 – 56|
|6 to 9||Size 3||290 – 340||58.5 – 61|
|9 to 13||Size 4||350 – 390||63.5 – 66|
|14 & Above||Size 5||410 – 450||68 – 70|