Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to test out the top soccer balls currently on the market; the Adidas Jabulani, the Nike T90 Tracer and the Puma PWR-C1.10. Each ball has its own unique attributes and they are all extremely different. With that being said, I thought it would be worth breaking each one down with a simple summary to give you a better idea of which one might be best for you.
Nike T90 Tracer (read full review)
Plain and simple, the T90 Tracer is currently the king of soccer balls! It is currently being used in the top leagues in Europe – English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A, and is playing a part in the average 2.9 goals being scored per game! The Tracer is sweet as a nut to strike and feels great to dribble with. There is a unique feel to the ball that makes you want to strike it over and over again. Add to that the visual enhancements used by Nike on the ball and the results are extremely beneficial to all players on the field.
Great for striking solid, accurate shots.
Visually enhancement allows you to track the ball as it moves.
I have heard several goalkeepers complain about it.
Adidas Jabulani (read full review)
The Jabulani is without a doubt one of the most controversial soccer balls ever released! Along with the Vuvuzela, the Jabulani took center spotlight as the World Cup began. There were those that critiqued it and those that applauded its design – I personally deemed it the “tiny dancer”. The main enhancement in the design is the use of The ball is surrounded by GripnGroove technology, allowing it to be aerodynamically advanced. This provides flight characteristics not seen on any other ball. Currently, the same ball is being used in MLS and several other leagues in Europe. Adidas have changed the design to suit the other leagues.
Uses GripnGroove technology to give it a very unique flight property.
Once perfected, you can create great dip and curve on shots and crosses.
Can be very unpredictable, as seen at the World Cup.
Puma PWR-C1.10 (read full review)
Puma’s top line ball is designed in a completely different way to the other balls on this list. Created using 20 high-frequency molded panels that have been placed in different shapes and sizes around the ball, the PWR C1.10 ridges between each panel. This leaves you with an extremely unique design. The ball also uses a visually enhanced design that allows it to stand out on the field. Currently, the WPS uses the ball – infact, Puma have created unique versions of the ball during the season for excellent causes.
Please note, I have not tested the Adidas Finale 10 or the Brine Triumph 600X soccer balls that should be considered on this list (I did try to contact Brine but received no response.) If you currently own a top soccer ball, let us know below what your experience with it has been like.