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Question Number: 6694

Law 2 - The Ball 10/26/2003

RE: club league Adult

Mark of Asford Kent, England asks...

Hi.Could you please tell me what presure should the ball be at when the game starts and is there a gauge that you can use to test what prasure the ball is. If not how can you tell what presuer the ball is.Look forward to hearing from you.Mark

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 10/26/2003

Mark Law 2 - The Ball states the ball will be inflated to a pressure of equal to 0,6 and 1,1 atmosphere (600 - 1.100 g/cm2) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in - 15.6 lbs/sq in)...If one is not able to find a proper guage there are many rules of thumb to follow, all of which wind up with a ball that is too soft. You may look for a ball that produces a 50% bounce from the surface on which you are playing. That gets fairly close...Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino 10/26/2003

Most soccer stores sell inexpensive guages as does Official Sports. Also make sure the ball is in round by rolling it or throwing it

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