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Competitive football is dying out on our local parks. When I played there would be five or six games raging on all the pitches in use. Now you are lucky to see one on a winter’s day. The local councils whack up the pitch hire prices, lock the changing rooms and don’t prepare the pitches, just to run down the sport and same themselves some money. It’s sad to see. Playing Sunday League made a man of you and in some towns and cities it was safer to drive around Basra in an open top car with a gay rainbow flag flying than to try and head the ball away Sunday Prem. It was rough. But young men love football and it was such a thrill to be involved with a number on your back and clear on goal. I was a pretty good midfielder as I ran marathons back then and so super fit and always ran the ball down. I also had good touch and could drop in a beautiful pass. I think we used the really cool Stuart Sturridge ball in those days. The orange and white ones…
Nowadays modern day footballs are much lighter and you can do a lot more with them. The panel size will dictate how much spin and swerve you can get on it and the more panels the more the air can get distorted on the ball. Ronaldo mastered the ‘valve kick’ where you strike down on the ball more from a free kick or shot and it makes the ball move left and then right as the air is pushed unevenly around the ball, a bit like how Jamie Anderson bowls the ‘wobble seam’ delivery in cricket. It’s a bit like how the Earth wobbles on its orbit around the Sun.
The Nike ball is cool because it also allows for the inside of the boot swerve, the hardest to apply. Now I’m too old to be playing competitive soccer but I still like a kick around. Sadly I don’t have little son to do that with and show him my breathtaking range of skills but the lads on the local park play and I know some of the African lads and join in now and then. It’s an excuse to go to the pub after and something very cathartic about playing football on a long summers evening. I still don’t like heading the ball though. My dad played for Wolves reserve team and he had to head those medicine balls back in the day.
They do the Nike in size four for kids and regulation size five for adults. You can get either for less than a tenner at Sports Direct highstreet. The trainer ball can be as cheap as three quid but doesn’t last as long. They are a loss -leader at Sports Direct shops and so why they are so cheap – and they pay their staff peanuts in the warehouse and on the shop floor… and the kids even less in the factories in Bangladesh. But for three quid you can’t argue and a great purchases for your kids. You obviously need to have a pump and valve to blow it up The Nike ball is definitely more kid friendly and easy to pass and hit. I don’t like to see kids head it due to the degenerative effects of the impact but this one easy on the nut. The Nike balls are proper match balls and not suitable for kids when heading. After a year or so the Nike tends to balloon up as the cheaper synthetic leather wears and blisters and the inner tube carbuncles. The Nike stitching isn’t the best and I’m guessing regular use would quickly see a split and that means a burst likely. Bu tits decent ball and you could probably chip on from the half way line if you can play. It also comes in 8 different colors in size four and five. Not that you want a yellow one mind.
I am not the sort of person who is dedicated to playing football for the local team every weekend. However, I do fancy a good kick about with my friends during the weekends. And since my Adidas ball finally got punctured (a dog bit it!!!!)
I decided to have a go at nike ball as they are widely used in professional football matches. I got mine from sports direct for around 10 pounds, this is a great deal considering the way this ball behaves and its durability.
This Nike ball is very nice to play with as it offers great control thanks to its light weight and perfect round shape. I have also noticed that the ball stays completely sealed even after a long period of use (5 months). This keeps the ball from getting heavy from the water when it rains. This is a great pro as my previous adidas ball started to absorb water after the stitching became loose. After playing with it quite aggressively on a weekly bases the ball has been withstanding the strain quite nicely as the stitching is holding nicely and the top layer is pretty much intact.
The ball is easy to pump as the hole is well made as I only pump this ball once every month or two.
The ball is reacts very well when controlling the ball, whether receiving a pass or shooting. And just in case you were wondering it does not behave like the notorious JABULANI!!!!!!!!!
I recently started preseason training with a local team and as I wanted to look the part I bought myself some new Football Boots and whilst I was there in Sports Direct I also bought myself a new Football as the Balls that the Club have aren't that great and I wanted a decent one to be able to practice my skills with away from training sessions. I wanted a Football that was relatively cheap but one that was a quality ball. I have had best experiences with Nike and Adidas Footballs before so was looking for one of the two brands. These Nike Total 90 balls are available in several colours for £9 which I believe is a reasonable price for a quality Football.
The Nike T90 is a standard 32 panel Football, Obviously I bought the size 5 version but the ball is available from sizes 1-5 for various ages and training sessions. I like my Footballs to be relatively soft and the main problem with the balls we use to the training sessions are that they are cheap and too hard. Local Football teams often have poor balls due to the lack of funds and buying cheap balls in bulk. This particular ball is relatively cheap though and is an excellent ball for training and match use. It's strong but light and is ideal for passing drills as well as a proper match. The ball feels good once it has left your foot and there's no chance of pain or discomfort like you sometimes have with the harder cheap balls we use in Training.
This is an excellent Football for people who just want to have a kick about in the Park or actual teams as it's durable and lasts well, It also feels good to play with which is always a good sign in a Football. I think local clubs should look for these kind of balls and not for the hard cheap rubbish that you so often see. This is another excellent Football product from Nike and is one of a long line of excellent Footballs they have released. If you normally play with a cheap hard ball then try this one and see the difference in comfort and durability. This is one of the best cheaper Footballs I have seen and I would certainly buy another in the T90 Range again.
If you go into our shed you will find a basket full of footballs. Literally a big washing basket full of them! Some of them are our daughter's character ones but alot of them are my husband's collection of "proper" footballs which we use when we are having a competative match between the three of us.
One of the balls is the Nike T90 which I purchased for my husband about two and a bit years ago now. I managed to pick it up quite cheaply in a summer sale at Sports Direct on Oxford Street, London. I think it was £9.99 at the time. The design is quite fancy and has a professional look to it. The main feature of the ball is the Nike swoosh which is in the centre of a black and red ring. It also has a grey detail on the panels. The mian body of the ball is white and it is really glossy. The whole look of the T90 is quite a futuristic look and is very attractive.
The inside of the ball is made from reinforced rubber to prevent the ball from deflating easily or bursting which is a great addition to the ball.
The panels of the ball are all stitched together which I expect from a football made by Nike. The panels are also made from leather which is very durable and long lasting. It looks well made when you look at it. I personally find the T90 to feel heavier than the official PL footballs. My husband also noticed it when using it. He did mention that it affects the curl of the ball because it is that little bit too weighty but that was his only complaint.
We have used this ball a fair bit over the last two years and it has lasted well. Some of the leather has flaked off in places now but after two years of being kicked around (quite powerfully from my husband!) I think it has really stood the test of time and was well worth its £9.99 price tag. We have used it on both concrete and grass surfaces and it has been fine.
The ball was definately worth £9.99 - it has proved to be long lasting and durable. Seeing as it was purchased two and a half years ago there is no doubt you can buy a better ball now but if you ever see this really cheap anywhere and you just want it for a kick about, it will still be worth the money as even after two and half years there is plenty of life still in it.
I have owned the Nike T90 pitch football for just over a year now and get regular use from it - mainly in the Summer months. The glossy jet black finish has the trademark Nike logo on it, with grey and flourescent green detailing on some panels. Priced at just £7.99 currently at SportsDirect it is clearly one of the more affordable options out there when it comes to buying a new football. To me £7.99 is very reasonable and I wouldn't feel comfortable paying £30-£40 like some of the footballs cost in shops. The leather panels on the T90 are machine stitched together, offering a robust and hard-wearing finish to the product. The panels are stitched in a traditional panel design for optimum durability. The 'bladder' of the football (balloon inside holding the air) is of a reinforced rubber design ensuring longevity and shape retention.
The T90 football has a certain weight to it. I would say it is heavier than a lot of the more professional and expensive designs, but for £7.99 you will get a long-lasting football that is of a high standard. I would say weight is the only comprimise you are making, as the finish is very high grade and having owned it for over a year I am yet to experience any noticable wear and tear just yet. I never use the ball on concrete surfaces and stick solely to grass, so perhaps this is the reason for its long life. In comparison to more expensive footballs I have used, I must say that the T90 holds up very well. The feel of the ball both in your hands and on your foot is surprisingly very responsive and accurate.
Overall, for the price it is available for I would strongly recommend this product for the quality and the length of time it will last for. Unfortunately I would still say that there are better footballs available, but on balance i have to give the T90 4 stars for price and just how well it holds its own against more expensive competitors.
I've been playing football all my life, and right now, I am playing more than ever. With any footballing activity, you will need a ball!
The Nike T90 Pitch Football is one of the best balls I've played with. At the moment I play on a rubber crumb pitch, which is brilliant, but the ball would be fine on grass, and even on astroturf. The ball is consistent, and fairly durable, and has a nice, slight padding to it. Unlike some other balls, this ball won't have a ridiculous flight path, and you can control it well and precisely.
I play at a high level (have been at academies, played for my county, etc. and any ball won't do. The Nike T90 is a great, quality football.
The ball costs around £10 - £15. I use these balls for continuous free kick practice, so they are struck a lot, and with power all the time. So far, the ball has lasted - tt seems to keep it's shape very well and it never won't deflate for a long time. Where I play, there are wooden boards in the facility, so the ball will often hit them. In a real game scenario, there are obviously no wooden boards!
It is really easy to pump, and retains a nice pressure. Make sure the needle of the pump is moistened first - or the ball could be damaged.
The ball has a 32-panel design which (apparently) gives it excellent balance and feel - I think it does. The ball has a modern design, and will come in different colours, such as white/black, navy/blue, black/orange etc.
I prefer playing with white coloured balls, as they are easiest to see.
The ball comes with a 2 year stitch and shape guarantee.
To summarise, this is an excellent all round football. Obviously there are better balls, but they'll cost a lot more, (up to £85), so this ball is great value for money.
It can be used in many conditions,
it has a true flight path,
it is durable,
it does what you want!
If you are looking for a new ball and don't want to spend vast amounts, then you should definitely go for the Nike T90 Pitch Football.
I'm not particularly crazy about football but even I enjoy playing with this ball. I managed to buy it for £10 so all in all it is a pretty good bargain considering what good quality it is.
This ball has been designed to look good and so while you playing with there are no need to feel self conscious about its design. It is a pretty lightweight ball and so it can get a fair amount of height but without flying away in the wind. The outside of the ball has been expertly constructed making it very weather resistant and no matter how much you kick it you will not see it peel.
This ball is the standard size 5 and so can be used for leisure or a professional match. Although the ball does include a guarantee of 2 years yet I struggle to see how anyone could actually use it. But all things considered I would definitely recommend this ball to either professionals or just somebody who wanted a kick about.
I have been playing football since I was a kid. From a kick around in the garden to an eleven a side match on a full pitch, whatever type of football you play there is one thing you always need, a ball. The Nike T90 Pitch Football is just that. I have been using this for a while now when I play indoors on a synthetic football pitch. Although I wouldn't say this ball is anything to special, it does the job pretty well and has always been a decent ball to play with.
Although I don't see myself as a pro I do enjoy playing football, that said I never really take it to seriously. However, some of the people I play with do take it very seriously, one of them is a semi pro and one of them used to play for Blackburn Rovers, although he is in his fifties now. So basically we couldn't just use any old ball and get away with it, it has to be good quality. The Nike T90 is of very good quality.
Although you can pick one of these up for around £10 they are pretty solid balls. We have been kicking lumps out of this one for a few months now and although it is just starting to wear slightly, so far it has been very good. It seems to keep it's shape very well and it never goes down during a game. When we do occasionally pump it up it's easy to inflate and retains the air very well.
Although I usually play indoors I have used this one outside on grass. It performs just as well on that and seems to be alright in all weather conditions. The ball has a thirty two panel design which is said to give the ball excellent balance and feel. The ball has a nice design which comes in the standard white colour, navy blue, orange or black. I have played with the blue ball and find it quite easy to see and if I ever do a stint in goal I can usually spot it from a distance.
The ball apparently comes with a two year stitch and shape guarantee although I'm not really sure how you would go about enforcing that? Overall though I would say this is an excellent all round football. While I have played with better balls, for the price of this one it's very good value and unless you are really serious about the quality of ball you use, this one should be fine. It performs well in different conditions, flies true through the air, is durable and does everything you would expect from a decent football. If you are looking to buy a new football and don't want to spend silly amounts of money, then you can't you far wrong with the Nike T90 Pitch Football.
Our Total 90 Pitch Football is something we have had now for a few years and is still going strong. I have to say that compared to some of the other footballs we have now and have had in the past this one has been very well cared for. The main reason for that is that our child considered this Total 90 ball to be so attractive that its been treated with kid gloves, even though its been used in a good number of matches.
When wanting to review the product here it wasn't listed, so a product suggestion was made. The piccy shown here is a little different than the actual design of our ball, as when wanting to find a pic for the product suggestion we couldn't find an exact match. However the ball we have is a Total 90 Pitch Football and we have been very pleased with its longevity, durability and graphic design.
Our Nike Total 90 Pitch Football is made from really nice quality materials and has lasted very well. Its a size 5 machine stitched ball that comprises of 32 individual shaped and stitched panels. We bought the ball as it matched in with the Total 90 footie boots and ankle protectors that our child favours and it was a great match for those, using similar metallic shades.
Our Total 90 ball came with a 2 year stitching guarantee which was printed on to the exterior fabric of the ball. I am happy to say that the ball has remained 100% intact without any loose stitching what so ever, so we haven't had to take advantage of the guarantee thankfully. I do feel that was good to know that the guarantee was in place for us to use, should it have been needed.
This ball is is made using geo balance technology and is branded to reflect that. Geo balance is used to ensure there is 'equalized pressure dispersion for consistent response and ball flight'. We have taken that to mean that the weight and balance of the ball is even and well placed when in use. We have found that when our child has played using the ball it has performed well and is very stable and reliable.
Our Nike Total 90 Pitch Football is a size 5 match or competition level sized ball which means its suitable for use as both a practice ball and as a general match ball. The pentagonal and hexagonal panels used have remained even and well shaped. There is no distortion that we can see on these, even though the ball has seen plenty of pitch action on both grass and astro turf.
The materials used to make up our Nike Total 90 Pitch Football consist of 90% thermaplastics, elastomerics and polyeurethane, plus 10% polyester. There is also a durable latex bladder. We have found that all this has produced a very stable, durable football that our child can still use even after al this time. I feel this longevity of use is partly due to us having kept the ball dry and stored indoors, so as to protect it from the elements when its not in use.
The colours used to make up the graphics on our ball are in a metallic finish which really makes the ball stand out from the crowd. The metallic red and silver tones used next to the black make the ball neat and stylish to look at. The '90' detail is centered on one side of the ball, with the Nike tick logo on the other. The design also has a series of rings in alternating colours around the two main graphic panels, which make for a very stylish looking football.
Our Nike T90 Pitch Football has retained its look and shape well and whilst it has a number of scuffs to the outer material, incurred during matches and practice, it hasn't really altered much in its over all appearance. As the ball has performed well and is still in very good condition, I would certainly recommend it and would buy another one if the need arose.
When we bought our Total 90 Pitch Football we paid £9.99 for it, which was reduced from its normal selling price by a considerable amount. As with anything prices can and do vary and so its worth shopping around for the best deal. The graphic design of our ball has changed, but the technology and materials remain the same and the ball is widely sold by reputable sports stores. To rate the ball is easy as I feel based on price and performance it has to gain a 5 star product rating.