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Question Number: 6638

Law 2 - The Ball 10/18/2003

RE: rec. Under 12

JAYSON of lockeford, California usa asks...

Can you put helium in a soccerball?If you can,could you kick the ball harder and father?I just had a game and we used the other team's ball and it felt like it had helium in it.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 10/18/2003

Jayson I see no reason why one may not inflate the ball with any gas. The only stipulation is that it weigh between 410 and 450g and have a pressure of between 600 and 1,100 g/cm2. If you wish to spend the money and the ball conforms to the standards mentioned in Law 2 - The Ball knock yourself out. ..Air is free, the difference in weight is infinitesimal, why bother?..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson 10/23/2003

If you thought the ball was strange, most likely it was too light or improperly inflated. I can't imagine anyone going to the trouble of filling it with helium.

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