Fairtrade Footballs


Bala Sport footballs are well made, by workers who get a fair deal. Our range of 5 ball types are also great looking balls, designed in Scotland, and of course they’re made to Fairtrade Standards with our workers benefiting from the extra 10% Fairtrade Premium we pay them on top of their fair pay. They decide democratically on what social development schemes to spend it on, so it’s win-win for all.

Our Elite and Pro balls are made to the same standards as FIFA Quality Pro and our Astro and Team balls are made and tested to the same standards as FIFA Quality balls. Our Play balls are made to IMS (International Matchball Standard).

Take a look at this short video to see the rigorous testing our Pro balls are subjected to.

Check out this cool video from YouTube reviewers FootballKings13. The entire range of Bala Sport footballs were put to the test by Jan and Julian and we are very glad they liked them and rated them all highly.

The Scottish Football Association chose Bala Sport Fairtrade Team balls for the Bank of Scotland Midnight League. This was an awesome project designed to get kids off the streets at night and playing football together. Check out this short video.


It’s important that you inflate your Bala ball correctly using a moistened needle.

We recommend you inflate to:

Bala Play: 0.6 – 0.9 BAR

Bala Team: 0.6 – O8 BAR

Bala Astro:  0.6 – 0.8 BAR

Bala Pro: 0.8 – 1.0 BAR

NB: The text around the valve on the Blue Bala Play balls should state that inflation should be 0.6-0.9 BAR (not PSI).

Not sure how to pump up a ball? Take a quick look at this video below.

Shipping Note. For any orders over 13kg in weight or quantity of balls exceeding 25 units please contact us for shipping rates at:


Effects of cold weather on balls

Bala Sport balls are stored in an unheated warehouse in the middle of Scotland and  over the winter temperatures fall to below zero. This sometimes results in the PU material on some balls stiffening and feeling hard to the touch, this is quite normal and doesn’t mean the ball is defective. If you receive a ball that feels hard, before inflating it warm it up on a radiator or by a fire, or give it a blast with a hairdryer. This will soon have the ball back to its normal state and ready to inflate.