The term “official matchball” is clearly defined. It is the official game ball, i.e. exactly the ball that is also used in the Bundesliga, Champions League or World Cup. But what are training balls? What can official game balls do that training balls cannot? Or is it even a fake?
“This is not the original ball, but a fake”
I often hear this sentence when someone speaks of a training ball. And that’s a shame, because it is certainly not a fake, especially since the training ball is also made by Adidas and Co. It is called “training ball” because most clubs do not train with the official balls. That would be far too expensive. The official game balls are then only used in the league.
The fact is: Almost all football manufacturers offer different versions of their soccer balls. This usually includes a match ball in the expensive price segment. There is then at least one training ball that is in the price range of € 20 – € 35 and is a stripped down version of the match ball. It is something like an airplane: the match ball is first class, then there may be a tournament ball as business class, then the high-quality training ball as premium economy and finally the cheapest training ball as economy class.
Speak better: So if there is a question in the future as to whether you are dealing with an official match ball or training ball, simply say: “Is this the official ball or the training version?” You can’t go wrong with that, because it is only a fake if you buy a supposedly original ball from wish.com or similar sites.
What are the differences?
The biggest difference is the price. While an official match ball at Adidas costs around € 140, the highest quality training ball costs only € 35 and the cheapest training ball costs just € 20. You can also notice that in the quality. An official match ball now absorbs almost no water. So he keeps his weight. In addition, the surface is much more robust and resistant. All in all, an Official Matchball contains all the knowledge about soccer balls and it shines with optimal rolling, shooting and flight characteristics. That is exactly why it is worth having at least one official ball. Training balls, in turn, go through a shorter manufacturing process and are not made of such high-quality materials. They are completely sufficient for football training. However, if you want to show off your skills on the big field, a matchball is often a great help, as the training balls are particularly weak in flying and jumping behavior in large places.
In the slideshow you can see the Official Matchball, Top Replique and Top Glider from the World Cup Ball 2018, as well as the Official Matchball and Capitano of a Champions League Ball. More information and more detailed descriptions of the ball types and versions can be found here.