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DICK'S Sporting Goods carries an extensive collection of footballs from popular brands like Wilson, Spalding, Nike and Under Armour. DICK' offers various sizes of footballs for use at all age levels, including Pee Wee, Junior, Youth and Official footballs. At each size, you can find models with genuine leather construction or specially-textured composite materials designed for improved grip and durability.
Among the many Wilson footballs, you'll find official NFL game balls built to the same specifications as those used by professional football teams. You'll find mini footballs and junior Nike footballs that are great for the playground and backyard fun. DICK' also carries footballs with smooth white panels for collecting signatures and autographs from your favorite players or your teammates.
When shopping for the right football, be sure to factor in your age level and local league requirements to determine what size ball you should purchase.
High-school, college and professional players typically use official size 5 footballs that are made from durable full-grain leather with white grip laces and stripes. Adult athletes competing in official play should look for a game ball that includes a NFHS® or NCAA® stamp of approval.
Youth football leagues, such as Pop Warner™, typically specify what size football your age group should use. Youth footballs are recommended for athletes ages 12 to 14. Intermediate players between the ages of 10 and 12 should use junior footballs. Beginner players, ages 6 to 9, are more likely to learn proper throwing, catching and passing techniques with lighter-weight Pee Wee footballs.
In addition to size, other important factors to consider are the types of conditions in which you will be playing, special technologies/features of the ball, and the material from which the ball is made. For example, leather is the material of choice that is approved for official game play due to its overall feel and quality, while rubber and composite materials provide higher durability and a more confident grip in wet conditions. Special grip technologies are designed to enhance spin and accuracy, while waterproof lining and tight seam tolerance ensures longer ball life.
Tips and Expert Advice
When purchasing a football for yourself or your child, you'll want to be sure you get the right size and the right material. Practicing with a wrong sized football or a material that isn't certified by your respective league could have negative effects when game time comes.
At DICK'S Sporting Goods, you'll find a wide variety of footballs under one roof to help you find that perfect ball. It is important to understand your league's specifications for size, brand, material, technologies and certifications before making your purchase. Your ultimate goal is to find a football that not only fulfills these requirements, but delivers an ideal balance of grip, feel and durability.