Learn More About Footballs
Game Day-Ready: Shop Footballs
Find the right pigskin for your game. From the official-size footballs used by the NFL® to pee wee and youth sizes for the backyard, get in the game with the football collection from DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Today’s footballs are crafted for superb quality and playability on the gridiron. Select from leather and synthetic footballs, designed for your game and skill level.
From training to game day, pick up Wilson® footballs, Nike® footballs, Rawlings® footballs and Under Amour® footballs.
An official NFL® football is slightly larger than high school, college and other professional-league balls. An NFL® game ball measures 11 inches from tip to tip with a 22-inch circumference at the center. The weight is specified at 14 to 15 oz.
Traditionally, footballs were constructed from authentic pigskin leather. Today’s footballs are available in leather, synthetic leather and a variety of innovative composite materials. Natural leather is specially treated during the manufacturing process to increase grip. Synthetic footballs are molded with a specific texture to enhance grip.
Synthetic leather footballs perform better in the rain—many of these balls are 100 percent waterproof. Real leather footballs, however, are susceptible to water seepage and harder to grip when wet.
Youngsters just learning the game should play with a youth-size football. These smaller footballs are easier to handle, and helps younger players better master proper throwing form. As their hands grow, they can handle a larger football.
It’s the details that make the difference in your football.
A deeper pebble design and firm cover provide great playability and consistent performance. A high-grip lacing system ensures maximum control. A soft-touch rubber or foam-backed covering provides softness for better handing—an asset for you youth players.
Look for a multi-layered lining and butyl rubber bladder, which provides long-lasting shape and structure. Balls with air-lock technology maintain consistent air pressure from game to game.
Need more? Get in the game with the full collection of football gear and equipment at DICK’S Sporting Goods.