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With all the balls produced nowadays it is often difficult to find one that is really worth it. Balls made for clubs and ones made to cemmorate tournaments don't always hold up to the high standars football players expect. Mitre however have always made quality footballs and this doesn't disappoint. After playing at 7 aside and sick of using an Arsenal ball and cheap balls that barely flew I knew it was time to go back to what I knew. I picked up this ball and it made playing so much better. It lasted much better than others we had and even was preferred in the team that Nike and Adidas balls. It's good value as well and a couple of people picked up the same ball when they were impressed with mine. It definitely is value for money and mitre have once again shown they are the dominant brand in footballs and should be more valued as a company. The standard of quality is very high and I am once again very impressed.
If you play football on a saturday or sunday for pub team or local team, then you will most likely have encountered the Mitre at some point. It may not be seen as the glamourous ball because of the total 90 used in the premiership, but the mitre was used in the F.A cup a couple of seasons ago which brought the quality of the ball to light.
Usually the preferred choice of ball for amateur football. My personal feeling on the subject is that the ball seems to keep low and can be passed around the pitch easier and unlike the total 90 balls and the addidas tango balls there is not as not so much swerve and bounce on the mitre during games, which is a welcome break for a goalkeeper such as myself.
The ball is also great for training as the ball does not seem to roll in a way which gets away from your touch, it allows people to work on their touch and improve confidence in their skills.
A drawback however I have noticed is that the ball does seem to go flat easily, so it would be recommended to buy a football pump with this ball, or even just another Mitre because lets face it , they are not expensive !
A real footballers ball
==Mitre Ultra Match Football==
Jack is now taking a little bit more interest in football and Himself is giving Jack a little bit more time of playing with a ball. However up until a few months back they had only been using one of those plastic air filled balls emblazoned with Thomas the Tank Engine and this was not a great look for either of them. So himself went down to our local toyshop and picked out this ball.
The ball was £12 which I thought was pretty expensive but Himself didn't seem to think so. He said that it was a pretty good make and should last us years! Finally Himself is thinking long term - just a shame its about a football!
The ball itself is round as you would expect and it is made from turf patent PU panels of which 18 make up the design and shape of the ball. These panels are not all hexagon like I thought they would be but are longer strips sewn together in various different positions. There is a small valve in which you can pump the ball up should it deflate but this was already done for us at the toyshop and hopefully we won't have to do it because I don't think we have a pump to do it!
The ball design is nothing extra special and to me (as a non-football lover) looks just like any other football. It has a navy, light blue and white design with the logo printed across the front of the ball. You can see the stitching on each of the panels which makes up the ball and these look neat and tight and not liable to split any time soon.
I can comment on the general use of the ball as we often have a kick around in the park and strangely enough the ball doesn't seem to work for me. Every time I seem to kick it, it ends up in a completely wrong direction to where I actually want it to go! However both jack and himself seem to do fine and I think its just a problem with my feet rather than the ball!!
All in all this ball seems like a good one. I thought it was a little expensive but as Himself says think of it as an investment. (they'll probably go and loose it now). It is made to a high standard and they look far better kicking this around than the Thomas ball they previously were playing with. A top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
As a father of two young boys, it became essential to buy a football to kick around in the backgarden after buying a couple of five pound cheap footballs which lasted only a few weeks I bought this football last year. The football is a proper sized football, it is white with blue V shaped slashes, the football has a decent circular shape and seems to maintain pressure even after prolonged playing.
The football cost £15 from a well known sports supply shop, it has maintained it's shape over the winter and is still being kicked around this spring. So for the cost of a bit of money, yet again quality denotes durability and so far with the exception of the white and blue becoming duller there are no signs that the stitches are becoming undone or that the football is losing its pressure.
The ball is made of large natural curve pieces of coated hardened plastic and has a hole for the pump to be applied if desired, it can be pumped up in the classical manner with a hand pump and a bit of arm power. THis football is the best football for kicking a ball around in the back garden, or is used as a training ball all the way to the highest level. Kicking the football gives a great feeling of power as a transferrance of the foot through the ball and doesn't sting the foot once kicked. The other plus point is that the ball is highly visible through the air, the white and blue V shapes give a good contrast and the eye picks it out easily to allow for volleying and heading.
What else can you say? Probably the best ball on the market at a reasonable price, has durability and quality and allows development of football skills with regular kicking.
I took my grandson to town with me to get him some new football boots as he's become obsessed with football and has been picked for his school team, so when we went into the sports shop and he spotted this Mitre Ultimatch 18 P football he was all smiles and "please nana, it's not just an ordinary football" !
So, like the softy that I am I bought it him along with the boots so he could practise his football manovers with his dad down at the local park.
I paid £10.00 at JD Sports shop in Hereford and you can buy them online at Amazon from £10 - £15 depending on which one you buy.
I have never been into football and my son wasn't interested in it when he was at school he used to play Rugby so my knowledge of footballs was quite limited until my grandson taught me a few things.
Apparently this football is lighter than other footballs and it also comes in three different sizes. My grandson told me that each size is for a different age group of players the small size 3 is for children under the age of 8 and are generally 23-24 inches in circumference, then the next size up is 4 used for players aged from 8 to 12 and are usually a circumference of 25-26 inches.
Then the larger size 5 with a circumference of 27-28 inches is for the older players aged from 12 and over. Each ball is a different weight too which I also didn't know. I though they were all the same and you paid more if you bought a brand name, but this isn't the case.
My grandson has had this football for just over a months now and he has used it everyday since it was bought so I'm quite happy with the price I paid just to be able to see it's getting some use.
It is light weight for easy flight and can be used on the turf or grass of the park, it can be used for tricks and is easy on the head when you have to header the ball to the next player.
It is a wipe clean ball as it has had plenty of action in the park in all types of weather and has a few scuff marks on it but the pressure of the ball has stayed the same. It hasn't had to have the valve replaced and is still very bouncey when you throw it or kick it against the wall.
It's very well made and is of tough non woven PU although I don't know much about football I do know that this Mitre Ultimatch is good value, durable and great for a game of football.
10 out of 10 from me
My son enjoys a good kick-around with a football and his friends in our local park, and quite often the whole family gets involved for a 'match' in the back garden. We've even had friendly 'matches' played during BBQs, which can prove to be a great ice-breaker to get a party started. So having a decent football around has always been something of a must for us, and hence, we bought this football for my son for his birthday in early summer last year. With 2 large dogs, cheaper vinyl footballs don't tend to last to long with us, so we wanted something that would perhaps be a little tougher.
We originally bought this from Amazon. At first, it was a little confusing because it detailed 3 different sizes - 3, 4 or 5, and the difference between each was not readily apparent. However, a little research on the web revealed that the size 5 is meant to be the normal sized competition football, meaning that the size 4 is smaller and the 3 smaller again, probably best suited to smaller children. In the end, we opted for the size 5 since my son plays for his school team and hence could also train with this ball. Cost wise was £12.99 which I was hoping would be a good investment and perhaps last longer than previous balls.
When it arrived, the ball itself appears to be quite well made. Mainly white (I knew it wouldn't stay that way for long!!) it also has a collection of blue/silver flashes around it, so it is quite distinguishable. Whilst this one is white and blue, of interest, they also appear to do another coloured version of yellow and blue in the same pattern styling. The durability for the ball is provided by the tough panels around it. Each panel is non-woven PU, which means that it is extra tough and will provide a fair degree of resilience against abuse from kicking and scuffing, and then each panel has been very tightly stitched together to form the ball shape.
When it is inflated and you hold it, it does feel well made and good quality. OK, it does cost more than your average kick around football from the market, but when you actually get it, look at it and feel it, you can see that you are paying for that quality aspect. The material is also designed and meant to provide excellent durability on either a grass or an astro turf pitch.
In use, it feels good to kick. It's not too heavy for a child and yet not too light that the wind will blow it for miles down the road after a missed shot. Durability wise it seems to have lasted well after several months of use. Throughout the summer it was taking a regular pounding in the local park, and then back home in the garden, and, bar a couple of scuffs and scratches, it still looks good and the stitching on the panels is still holding strong.
In summary, if your kids are into football, you can't really go wrong with getting them this Mitre version. It is well made and appears to be quite tough wearing, with just the right size and weight aspect to give it that realistic competition football feel when you kick it.
If you are looking to purchase a decent football for your kids to practice with, I suggest that you walk straight past that big bin of bargain balls in assorted colours, situated at the front of your local sports emporium and ask the spotted youth that has been provided to offer you assistance that you would like to acquire a Mitre Ultimatch 18P. Now if he is worth his minimum wage, he will ask what size and give you the option of 3,4 or 5.
Do not be alarmed by this as it is quite simple....
Mitre recommend as follows:
Size 3 Footballs - Age 6-9
Size 4 Footballs - Age 9-14
Size 5 Footballs - Age 14+ or 5ft +
As a former youth football coach, I can't stress how important it is for youngsters to practice with the correct size ball especially for under 9's as it is easier for them to develop the basic skills with a ball of relative size.
So, size apart, why choose a Mitre ball?
Well, they are very well made, non woven soft durable PU (Poly-urethane) with an improved polyester lining system and chemically treated so that it performs well in all weather conditions. This football will last you many years, if you look after it, making sure you only play with it when it's fully inflated. If you don't then the chances are it will lose shape or split.
Mitre market this ball as the perfect academy match ball and in my experience, it is. Performing equally well on both grass and astro-turf surfaces.
Price wise, one of these will set you back between £12 - £18 depending on your preferred supplier, and I know it's a bit more expensive than some others on the market but it is great quality, it will last and most importantly, if your child is going to play for a team then almost certainly, this will be the ball that they will use in matches, so it gives them an advantage if they practice with it.
An easy 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading,
After having what seems like a thousand different footballs that ended up getting a puncture or some other unforeseen problem it was nice to finally find a ball that worked as well as it should.
The Mitre Ultimach feels like a professional football when you hold it. The seams are imbedded right in and tight together to create a nice smooth finish. I have used it on grass, concrete and astro turf and it works just as well on all three. Even on long uneven grass it has great bounce, durability and grip even in the pouring rain.
The non woven PU material is at just the right consistency so it doesn't feel like you are kicking a lead ball. It is lightweight when kicked in mid air it flies in a line and the ball itself never seems to lose its shape and posture. Even when really kicked it keeps it's round shape.
The size 5 being the same size as footballs used in most matches at my local football ground, it feels like you are playing proper football using a proper ball even if your skills are lacking. I've had it for quite a while and use it regularly and I think it works better after a few kick-a-bouts to get it worn in.
The overall aesthetics aren't to die for. It's basically white with a few arrows and a big black mitre logo on it. Although I must say when actually using it the aesthetics are the last thing on your mind as you will be playing football with a proper quality ball which I would recommend to anyone and their mates after some football park fun.
First of all I must mention this is not one of the easiest reviews I have written. To me a football is just a football, as long as it flies into the net when I kick it I'm happy. However as I have been playing with one of these balls for a while now I thought I should give it a review. So the last few times I've used it I've tried to think about exactly what it's like. I'm sure this is why I have been on a bit of a goal drought of late.
Anyhow, the Mitre Ultimatch 18 P is a very nice little football. Its round! Is mainly white but has a funky little blue slash over it. The panels are woven together very nicely and the ball has a good solid feel to it. It curls well and yet stays pretty straight when you want it to. The ball doesn't seem to lose much shape when you kick it and it stay pumped up very well. The ball bounces well and seems to do everything a good football should do.
We have been playing with this ball for quite a while now and it seems just as good as when it was first bought. This means that it's pretty durable and does not easily lose it's shape or feel. We mainly play with this on Astroturf but have also used it on grass where it performs equally well. My friend is a goalkeeper and he says it can swerve a little in the air, but not a crazy amount so this is probably a good feature.
The ball is available in three sizes. 3,4 and 5. To give you a clue a normal football is size 5 and this is the one we use, but for children buying a smaller ball can be a good idea. The price really depends upon where you get it from, but online you can pick one up for around £13 which isn't to bad as it seems to last for quite a long time.
Overall I would say this is a very good football. Again it's really hard to talk about something like this as most footballs are pretty much the same. But I suppose that fact that you don't notice much about this ball shows that it's a good one. It basically does exactly what it is supposed to do which can't be a bad thing. We have been using this for a while and if it carries on performing as it has done I see no reason why we won't be using it for a lot longer. Or at least till someone whoofs it into the river!
We have bought a Mitre Ultimatch football for the kids to use in the past and found that it was a very durable and well made product. Its not a budget priced ball by any means when you compare it to some of the cheapie types you can pick up at many of the discount sports stores, but it is a decent ball that is worth paying a little extra for. Ours lasted really well and so I would recommend these balls over cheaper brands.
When we purchased our Mitre Ultimatch ball it was priced at a really good mid range price of £11.99. Having since checked prices this was at least £2 to £3 less than the ball sells in many stores, so I feel we got a bit of a bargain with it. When we picked out the ball in store we were at the mercy of what the kids wanted and so we ended up with a very brightly coloured yellow and blue version of the ball. I would have gone for the white as its a bit neater looking, but I have to say that the yellow really does stand out on the pitch.
When handling the ball it seemed to be well made and the stitching was very strong. The exterior non woven pu coating of the ball was well made and provided the ball wih a bit of protection from over keen kiddies when it was in use. At the time of purchase we were lured into buying the ball as it was according to the sales assistant a good training type ball which would provide all round durability. I have to say the assistant spoke the truth.
We were also told it could be used on a number of surfaces with no serious after effects, so of course it went on to have a good testing on astro turf, grass and even tarmac and concrete surfaces. It did become a bit scuffed over time after being used on concrete and tarmac, but I guess that was to be expected with a ball made for use on astro turf or grass. Plus it was bought to be used and so we didn't expect it to remain in pristine condition.
As I recall when we bought the ball it came in a number of size options from 3, 4 and 5. We went for the size 5 ball as thats what was recommended to us and the size seemed to suit our requirements. The life of the Mitre Ultimatch ball was good considering the battering it took and we had it in use for a good year and a half before it had to be replaced. This worked out as less than £1 a month if you look at it in those terms.
We certainly found that the kids liked using this ball and said it was a good shape for them to kick about. I feel that the ball was also a good weight, being neither too heavy or too light for a child to use with ease, but would also be suitable for an adult player too. Over all this is a well made ball that will last well if only used on the correct surfaces. If its used and abused on other harder surfaces it will wear down and need replacing more quickly, but I still feel its a great product that lasts well and so it gets 5 stars.
Mitre Ultimatch 18 P
When you see me you wouldn't actually think I'm someone who likes to play football but I do. I did it quite a lot when I was younger with friends but now since everyone is working and moved away to a different town we don't do it as much. Sometimes we come tomorrow on a Sunday and play a little match which is always fun. The football I got home is the Mitre Ultimatch 18 P and think I got this one for bout 2 years now.
This football is one of the many I had in my life but this one seems to hold on. Probably because I'm not using it as much as I used to. The Mitre Ultimatch 18 P has been used on the street and in the park and so far it has shown very good durability. The football is design to be used on grass and astro turf. Before buying this football I heard about this one that it's a good football especially in the way it feels when you kick it and how it responds.
You have cheaper footballs but I hate when you get a crappy football that doesn't bounce well or doesn't respond well enough. You need to have a football that just doesn't fly away or hardly bounces. It does have a good weight and gives you the feeling you have control over it. It doesn't feel too heavy or too light. It is also still in a good condition considering it has been up against trees, rocks and well just the street really.
It's overall a great football to use and he's of great quality. Like I said I have been using him for over 2 years and he's still firm and looks good. I mean for 12 pounds you can't really go wrong but I would really recommend this football.
The Mitre Ultimach can be bought for £12.95 at the time of writing and is available in sizes up to five. The football is used by academies and has a good reputation, built over the years. It can be used on both grass and artificial surfaces and I have used this on concrete too now and again. I have had this football for a couple of years and have only pumped it up a few times so I can't complain as I have had a lot of use out of the ball and it doesn't cost a great deal of money. If you have a pump you can get this ball back in action very easily on the rare occasions that it does deflate.
I feel that this football in my experience is quite durable. It hasn't become too stratched on the surface as of yet despite being used on concrete sometimes. The ball is of a good solid weight and has a simple design that does look quite nice and simple. Be careful if you use it in the back garden though! I have owned many footballs and out of all of them this is one of my favourites so far.
I like the fact that the ball doesn't get caught up in the wind or move around in the air. This is a proper football that can be used for school matches. Because it comes in different sizes you can buy this for children and pick a size that is appropriate for them. I have used this ball on playing fields many times and it is a reliable ball that bounces well and doesn't lose its shape. If you want to get your hands on a cheap but good quality ball for a kick about with your friends then this is a very good option.
This is one of the best footballs in the lower price range and one that you should get a lot of use out of. The ball feels good when you kick it and also skims along the grass very well too. If the day is breezy the ball will hold its own quite well and has good weight and inflation. I have not had any big problems with his football since I bought it and would recommend it to schools especially.
Our local football team are the Chesterfield Spireites and my sister lives in one of the houses that runs along the side of the old Saltergate ground. A lot of the houses have loft conversions so some of the residents have been known to climb out of the windows and watch the matches from the low sloping roofs... free football!
One day a stray ball ended up in her garden after a training session and she immediately thought of my son. After spending the next two days convincing him that they wouldn't miss the ball, and wouldn't send the police round to arrest him for stealing it (lol), he fell in love with it and began to use it almost every day.
The ball looks to be of excellent quality, it is quite heavy compared to some, but is well padded so it is comfortable to use. They come in sizes 3, 4, and 5. I have no idea what size ours is or what this equates to, but if you are planning on buying one then the best thing would be to try them out in the shop to get a feel for what will suit you best.
The Ultimatch is very well stitched and has survived intact from some very rough play, and some very sticky situations - it is regularly found stuck in a tree or on the extension roof!
We have had it for quite a while now and it is still in very good condition - very muddy, but still very good condition! There is the odd scuff here and there, but the ball is still completely intact and the stitching is still perfect.
My son loves football and has played it, or attempted to play it, since he was around 18 months old, so we've had a fair few balls in our time. He is only 5 (well, almost 6) so it is a little heavier than he is used to, but I find that this as helped to improve his aim and accuracy.
The ball glides over any surface easily and the weight means that it can be played in most types of weather and won't be blown off course easily on a windy day.
It is suitable for both grass and Astroturf, although we have used it on many other types of land; grass, patio, path, and very briefly... carpet (that was not a happy day!!!).
Unfortunately we won't be getting any more freebies from the football club as they have now moved to the stupidly named, yet quite impressive B2net stadium, but I would happily buy this ball again as it is easily the best one that we have owned.
Looking on Amazon, I can see that the ball is available from around £14, inc delivery. You can also buy it in fluo (basically, luminous yellow - for dull weather and evening matches) for just over £16.
This is only one shop though and I would advise you to shop around as it's always possible to find a bargain somewhere else!
With a great opportunity at university to make use of the enormous fields and goals there, I agreed with some friends it'd be a good idea to get a football. I went searching and ended up buying this, which we all chipped in to. I had never heard of Mitre in the past until at the age of about 12, I was bought a Mitre football, which was very good. I decided to try this one out as it seemed pretty good.
I bought a size 4 version as I find the size 5 ones a bit overly big and the size 3 are just ridiculous. It's a lovely ball to play with - light, manouverable and great quality. Any football you play with needs some getting used to, but this one seemed very natural and of a perfect weight. If anything it was a bit light but I prefer this with footballs.
The ball is still in pretty good condition although it's very muddy! The cover has stayed on very well whereas with previous cheaper balls from Nike for example, the cover has just peeled away after use. We have yet to use the ball anywhere apart from a grass field but I have heard it's good for harder surfaces including astro turf and even street football.
When dribbling the ball, it's a great size to keep control of and it follows the feet well. The ball has a great feel if you pump it to the correct pressure as you can give it a good boot and it will 'give away' to a certain extent and fly well. This ball has the Mitre Ultimatch logo on the front with a blue design around it in the classic Mitre design.
This ball is of excellent quality as with most Mitre balls and I'd certainly recommend it if you are looking to buy one. It can't improve your football skills but it certainly helps to prevent anger when you have a good ball! You can buy it in sizes 3-5 from about £13 - £17 online depending on the size. It's a great ball and long-lasting and reliable too.
Thanks for reading!
Like many people I've owned about a gazillion footballs. Some have punctured, some have gone flat and been forgotten in some cupboard or dusty corner of a garage and one was paddled away with by an annoyed posh canoeist near Canterbury Cathedral after he was the unfortunate victim of a stray pass. I like to have a decent football to hand for a kick around in the park now and again when the weather is pleasant and you feel like being outdoors and this Mitre Ultimach 18P Football has lasted longer than most I've had and shown very good durability on the whole. This is apparently a popular football for Academies and comes in sizes up to 5. My football is the size 5 one and the Mitre Ultimach - at the time of writing - can be purchased for around £14 or so. The ball is suitable for use on both grass and astro turf and is quite attractive to look at too with the blue markings around it. One of the key things about any football you buy is the flight and of course also how it feels when you kick it. This football feels excellent in this latter regard and dispenses a pleasing little thud when you boot it one.
The flight with the Mitre Ultimach 18P is straight and true and the occasional bend you put on the ball (whether on purpose or by accident) feels good too - certainly in relation to that ridiculous ball they used during the World Cup and some of the cheaper or less reliable footballs I've owned over the years. I would say this is a great ball for a game or kick around in the park and although I haven't used this with football boots it is designed to be a real match ball too. One of the most annoying things about footballs is when you end up with one that gets caught up in the breeze a little too much and hangs in the air more than it should do. It's incredibly frustrating when you are having a match of some sort or just even booting a ball back and forth with two people. What I really like about this football is that once you start to judge the distance you are attempting to boot it to someone it stays consistent and therefore you can build up a rhythm and get more and more accurate.
The ball has a really good bounce too I found. You want a football that is going to bounce but not to a preposterous degree and with the Mitre Ultimach you can start to judge the bounce of a particular hoofer when you've had it for a while. It's a reliable and consistent ball in this category. I do love the feel of this ball when you get good purchase on it too and watch it zoom off in the distance and bounce off the grass for someone to chase down. The 'hang' of the Mitre Ultimach 18P when you whack it to someone miles away in the park is excellent and it responds in true fashion to the degree of power you manage to get on it. The football is quite subtle too for chips and lobs and has lovely flights and arcs and spin on a nice day. Out of all the footballs I've owned this is probably up there with the best and the relatively modest price adds to the general appeal. It's a good solid football and fun to kick around in the park.
Another thing I like about the ball is that the weight feels good. A football that feels slightly too heavy is annoying and a football that feels slightly too light is equally annoying - probably even more so when it comes down to it as you feel you never quite have total control over it. The Mitre Ultimach has what feels like a perfect sense of weight and this - and the excellent feeling of reliability - makes it a very good product when it comes to this market. In terms of durability this football has also been impressively reliable so far. It hasn't scratched or scuffed up to the same degree as some other leather footballs I've owned in the past and has survived unplanned trips to gravel and concrete around the park without any noticeable damage or change in its shape or performance. The ball has also survived collisions with trees and branches on more than one occasion although I haven't put it through the old thorn test or had it fired into any particularly nasty looking hedges.
I think if you bought the appropriate size this would be a decent football for children as it is fairly sturdy and would last a good while. It might be a bit dangerous to deploy in a smallish garden though. In terms of something not outrageously expensive for the odd kick around in the park the Mitre Ultimach 18P is a very solid purchase I think and good value for money. I love the feel and flight of the ball and it has retained its shape and bounce very well even when given plenty of welly during the World Cup and in the long summer evenings. You should remember though to choose a size according the age of the person/people who will primarily use it and make sure it is not used in the proximity of any windows or greenhouses as this ball is sturdy and can be hit with good purchase if you strike it cleanly.
If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive football with good durability, weight and a good flight then I would recommend the Mitre Ultimach 18P as a decent purchase. I've had no real problems with this football and look forward to booting it around in the park for a few years to come yet. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Mitre Ultimach 18P as a good solid football.