The Best Soccer Ball Pumps

Footballs and other inflatable objects always lose air at some point and need to be repressurized to operate at the desired speed. You can find pumps to suit any budget, but hand pumps can be more economical than plug-in compression models. Look for hand pumps that are lightweight, small, and can fit in a gym bag, purse, or backpack; you will want to check the size and weight of the pump before purchasing to be sure. It’s also good to have an ergonomic handle that provides a comfortable grip and a non-slip coating on the pump.

These pumps include essential accessories such as flexible rubber hoses, nozzles and needles (also called pins). These needles are mostly universal and perfectly fit different types of balls. However, they do occasionally break, so handle them with care when using, storing, and transporting them. The hoses are optional and are often used to protect the balls. These pipes can get quite expensive, though!

Some soccer ball pumps come with gauges indicating the PSI (pounds per square inch) level at which the ball is being pumped. You can usually find the ball’s recommended PSI around its air valve hole; otherwise, you can trust the feeling. To inflate the balloon, insert the needle directly into this air valve and start pumping.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if using a hose or nozzles. Hold the ball firmly, but don’t squeeze it, and then you can start pumping. Stop when the gauge reads the correct PSI or when the ball is good and firm. You should be able to indent it slightly with the heels of your palms at this point; don’t overfill it with air. Use these pumps on soccer balls and other sports balls, but do not use them on bicycle tires.