Footballs


History of the Humble Ball

Footballs have been around a lot longer than one may first think. Originally made from natural materials, such as an inflated pigs bladder. Later these were covered in leather. With the invention of rubber and plastic, modern balls still follow the same principle but the pigs bladder has been replaced with a rubber or plastic bladder and is now covered in a plastic casing.

The oldest ball still in existence, thought to be made around 1550, was found in Stirling Castle in 1981. It has now found a home at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling.

The Modern Ball

Most modern balls are stitched from 32 panels of waterproofed leather or plastic. The first 32-panel ball was marketed by Select in the 1950s in Denmark. The standard ball is a Size 5, although smaller sizes exist, with sizes 3 and 4 being used for small-field variants of the game. Size 1, more of a novelty item, is used as a decorative item and something for younger children to use.


Here at Subside Sports we stock a range of domestic and International tournament balls as well as heritage style balls

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  1. Select Derbystar Bundesliga Official Replica Ball 2020-2021 - Size 5
    Special Price £19.99 £16.66 Regular Price £29.99 You save: £10.00 (33%)
  2. Nike Barcelona Skills Ball (Size 1) 2020-2021
    Special Price £5.99 £4.99 Regular Price £12.99 You save: £7.00 (54%)
  3. Bundesliga Club Logo Edition Ball (Size 5) 2019-2020
    Special Price £14.99 £12.49 Regular Price £29.99 You save: £15.00 (50%)
  4. Colombia Glider Football 2018 2019
    Regular Price £16.99 You save: £2.00 (12%) Special Price £14.99 £12.49
  5. Belgium Black Football 2014 2015
    Regular Price £24.99 You save: £10.00 (40%) Special Price £14.99 £12.49
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