How to Fix a Punctured Football


American football as we know it was regulated and codified by Ivy League schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Rutgers and Princeton. The game is a 19th century variant of both rugby and soccer. Footballs are made of leather, high-quality rubber or plastic materials, or a combination of the materials. You can fix a punctured football in a few simple steps, and have the ball back in play in a matter of minutes. Keep a football repair kit with you at all times, to ensure your game never needs to called due to a punctured football.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket of water
  • Football repair kit (syringe, ball sealant)
  • Football pump
  • Immerse your football in a bucket of water and turn it slowly. Look for the place where a steady stream of small air bubbles is emerging from your ball. This is where the football is punctured.

  • Fill your repair syringe with ball sealant. Insert the tip of the syringe into the ball valve. Depress the syringe, emptying its contents into the ball.

  • Insert your football pump tip into the ball valve. Pump a few times to replace any lost air in the ball. Pound the ball vigorously against a grassy patch of ground. Focus your pounding specifically on the area where your ball has been punctured.

  • Continue with your game, as the ball is repaired and ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your football periodically for leaks and punctures, even if the ball is not deflating rapidly, to keep your sports equipment in optimal condition.
  • Do not toss a football on asphalt or concrete, as contact with these surfaces will cause increased wear and tear on balls that are intended for use on grass or synthetic grass.

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