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How to Fix a Flat Soccer Ball

author image Rogue Parrish
An award-winning writer and editor, Rogue Parrish has worked at the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and at newspapers from England to Alaska. This world adventurer and travel book author, who graduates summa cum laude in journalism from the University of Maryland, specializes in travel and food -- as well as sports and fitness. She's also a property manager and writes on DIY projects.
How to Fix a Flat Soccer Ball
A flat soccer ball can be repaired and returned to service. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

If a soccer ball is flat because it has been sitting unused and has lost pressure, reinflation is the answer. Pump the ball by hand or with an electric pump until it feels firm when pressed hard between the heels of both palms. If the ball is flat due to a puncture of its bladder, you can repair the ball in a process roughly similar to that employed for a flat bicycle tire.

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Step 1

Inflate the flat ball fully. Place it under water in a sink or bucket. Apply very light pressure on the ball until you see a stream of bubbles indicating where the ball was punctured.

Step 2

Score a three-sided flap the size of a rectangular bicycle repair patch, centered on the puncture, in the vinyl cover and the underlying foam, using a utility knife. Do not press so hard that you cut the underlying bladder. Cut through the scored surface with a small sharp scissors.

Step 3

Pry up the fabric underlying the foam and cut with the scissors on three sides to create a flap and provide a good view of the exterior of the bladder.

Step 4

Apply rubber cement to the bladder. Allow it to dry for three minutes.

Step 5

Peel the backing off the bicycle patch and apply over the puncture. Rub the patch down well.

Step 6

Apply household glue to the surface of the bicycle patch. Push the flap back into place. Tape the flap into place with foot-long strips of duct tape stretched tightly around the ball horizontally and vertically.

Step 7

Allow the patch to dry overnight. Remove the duct tape. Pump up the ball so the surface is hard again and it is playable.

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