How To Deflate A Soccer Ball, With And Without A Needle.

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There are several answers to the question of “how to deflate a soccer ball.” But before we answer this question. One more question that knocks our minds is, “why to deflate a football.” The reasons behind the deflation of a soccer ball are: you can fit it anywhere conveniently, protect it from the cold weather, easy to carry while traveling, doesn’t cover much space, and a deflated ball saves space when you are going to fit or put it into a backpack or luggage.

How To Deflate A Soccer Ball, With And Without A Needle.

Before we directly jump into the answers to the main question of this subject, you should know that there are a number of ways to deflate your soccer ball. Some are safe, but some are risky. You may have a ball that is made of high-end materials, so you definitely don’t want to damage it.

Before you take the wrong step to damage your ball while deflation, we suggest to read this article completely to learn many ways of how to deflate a bouncy ball.

Precautions of how to deflate a soccer ball.

Try not to damage the internal bladder.

Lubricate the deflating object with saliva, water, or oil before sliding it into the valve.

Avoid damaging the valve while deflating your ball with a paperclip, pen, or any other sharp object.

Deflating a Ball Using an Inflation Needle.  

Using an inflation needle is the safest and easiest way to deflate a soccer ball. Deflating your ball with an inflation needle is the most obvious method. This method is very easy, and it can be applied even by a child to deflate your soccer ball without damaging the construction of the ball.

Follow the steps to deflate your ball.

  1. Get an inflation needle
  2. Lubricate it with saliva, water, or oil.
  3. Insert your needle into the valve.
  4. Start squeezing your ball to deflate it completely.
How To Deflate A Soccer Ball With A Needle
how to deflate a soccer ball

Note: In order to deflate the ball thoroughly, you can start forcing on the ball with both hands, squeezing it, hugging it, or kneeling on the ball to fasten the deflation process.

Deflating a Ball Using a Paperclip or Pen.

Let me repeat that the proper method of a ball’s deflation is to use an inflation needle. But in case of emergency, when there is no needle, and you want to deflate your ball to fit or put it into your backpack or luggage, then you can use a paperclip, a pen, or something else for deflation. As this method is a bit risky, that’s why you should do it carefully to avoid any damage to the ball’s inner bladder or valve.

Follow the steps to deflate it and do it safely.

  1. Get a paperclip, ballpoint, or any other sharp and straight metal that is thinner/smaller in size than the diameter of a football’s valve.
  2. Moisten it with saliva, water, or coconut oil.
  3. Insert the object slowly, avoiding damage to the valve and puncture to the bladder.
  4. Press the object slowly and straightly.
  5. Pull out the object once the air is released.

How to Deflate a Soccer Ball Without a Needle.

Don’t fret if you don’t have any inflation needle, paperclip, pen, or something else to deflate your soccer ball. Doing something unique has its own joy and fun. The method that we are explaining here takes longer than the above two methods. While applying this method, you will need to use a refrigerator and a rugged piece of cloth or a towel.

Below are the steps to apply this method.

  1. Take your ball and clean it well with a rugged piece of cloth or towel.
  2. Create some space for your soccer ball in the upper shelves of the fridge.
  3. Spread any cloth sheet on the shelf to protect the ball’s outer cover.
  4. Keep your ball for some hours there. Due to coldness, the air will condense, and the ball will start deflating. 

We suggest you clean the ball well before you keep it in the refrigerator. In order to keep your fridge clean and free of germs, you should clean your ball. 

If you don’t want to deflate your soccer ball thoroughly but want some air to come out, then you should check the ball in the refrigerator after an hour or two. Please don’t play with your soccer ball directly after taking it out of the fridge. A cold or frozen ball can tear or bust easily when it is kicked. A few kicks will be enough to damage the ball’s stitching.

Final Verdict

The above methods can help you deflate your soccer ball, but the recommended way is to use an inflation needle. Of course, no one wants their ball to be damaged; that’s why using the first method will be beneficial for you to apply. I don’t say the second method will definitely damage your ball. You can still use it, but use it when you are in an emergency. Try not to forget lubricating any object before inserting it into the ball’s valve.

Whether you are having one of the best soccer balls or any other ordinary and cheap balls, we suggest you apply the methods in the exact way that we taught you in this guide, step by step. I hope this guide has helped to teach you how to deflate a ball.


It depends on the companies, but many soccer balls are shipped deflated as compared to the inflated ones.

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