Why are soccer balls made of synthetic leather?
The weight of the ball at the start of the game can not be more than 16 ounces (0.448 kg) or less than 14 ounces 0.392 kg). Soccer balls used to be made of leather but now are made of synthetic leather because leather has a tendency to absorb water which causes the ball to become very heavy.
What is the best material for a soccer ball?
Synthetic leather (coated with polyurethane) is the material for soccer balls used at professional and top-flight level because it has the best feel for the ball. PVC is another material used for outer cover. This plastic-like material is highly durable but offers less feel for the ball.
What is a synthetic soccer ball?
The standard soccer ball is made of synthetic leather, usually polyurethane or polyvinyl chloride, stitched around an inflated rubber or rubber-like bladder. Older balls were made of genuine leather and held shut with cotton laces. Modern balls have a valve.