# Do they fill football with helium?

May 16, 2020 Off By idswater

## Do they fill football with helium?

Since no one had thought of such a thing before, the NFL had no rules dictating what gas had to fill the football. Incredibly, there are still no rules addressing helium-filled footballs (or any gas, for that matter).

## Has anybody in the NFL used helium in a ball?

It originates from Ray Guy, the former Oakland Raiders punter who was so good, the NFL invented the stat of hang time just for him. The story goes that in a game against Houston, Guy hit a punt so high that Oilers coach Bum Phillips requested the ball be taken off the field and tested for helium.

## How much helium is in a soccer ball?

The mass of helium in a soccer ball (assuming maximum inflation pressure) is about 2 grams, vs. a mass of “normal air” in a soccer ball of about 11 grams. So in “absolute terms” the helium filling is only about 1/5 to 1/6 of the mass of the air.

## What is a helium football?

A helium-filled football will fly higher and farther than one filled with plain old air. She had friends in the chemistry department vacuum the air out of four footballs and fill two with helium, a gas lighter than air, and two with argon, a gas heavier than air.

## What happens when you inflate a football with helium?

It is simple physics of course since helium gas has half the density of air, a football filled with it weighs approximately 7 grams less than an air-filled one. So fill helium in a standard football, and you’ll have a deflated ball in no time!

## How does helium affect a soccer ball?

At atmospheric pressure, one litre of helium, being lighter than air, will only lift about 1 gram. So filling a small ball with helium would have a negligible effect on its behaviour. Trying to make a soccer ball float by inflating it with helium would likewise fail.

## What happens if you fill a beach ball with helium?

How would table-tennis balls or footballs behave if filled with helium? At atmospheric pressure, one litre of helium, being lighter than air, will only lift about 1 gram. So filling a small ball with helium would have a negligible effect on its behaviour. It certainly would not float.

## What happens if you fill a snake with helium?

At atmospheric pressure, one litre of helium, being lighter than air, will only lift about 1 gram. So filling a small ball with helium would have a negligible effect on its behaviour. It certainly would not float. Trying to make a soccer ball float by inflating it with helium would likewise fail.

## What is football filled with?

The only requirement FIFA levies on inflation is that the ball be pressurized to a gauge pressure of 600g/cm to 1,100 g/cm (8.5 lbs/in – 15.6 lbs/in). Thus, balls can be filled with air or nitrogen. Reference: The Laws of the Game 2015/2016 . Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

## Why does a helium filled football travel farther than an air filled football?

The hypothesis was that the helium-filled football would travel farther and have a longer hang time than one filled with air because helium is less dense than air. You can read all of the details of the test here.

## Can You inflate a beach ball with helium?

If you have ever inflated a beach ball with air and left it for a long time, you know that it becomes flaccid eventually. So it leaks air. Helium is a lot more leaky than air because it’s made of atoms, not molecules.

## What makes a helium balloon float in the air?

The helium balloon displaces an amount of air (just like the empty bottle displaces an amount of water). As long as the helium plus the balloon is lighter than the air it displaces, the balloon will float in the air. It turns out that helium is a lot lighter than air.

## Is it true that helium is more leaky than air?

Yes, but very slowly. If you have ever inflated a beach ball with air and left it for a long time, you know that it becomes flaccid eventually. So it leaks air. Helium is a lot more leaky than air because it’s made of atoms, not molecules.

## What happens if a football is filled with helium?

Assuming same pressure, volume, temperature a football filled with helium would contain exactly the same number of helium atoms as one filled with air would contain air molecules.

## When did Ray Guy start filling his footballs with helium?

A helium-filled controversy On November 13, 1977, Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy was hanging kicks in the air for so long that the opposing Houston Oilers began to suspect that Guy had filled the kicking balls with helium. The suspicion turned to accusation, and then an investigation. There’s no controversy when it comes to Zephyr helium.

## Which is heavier a helium ball or an air ball?

The lighter helium ball experiences more buoyancy than the heavier air filled ball. This is just Archimedes principle. Since hang time depends on the net downward acceleration, the reduced downward force on the lighter ball (due to the upward buoyant force) reduces the downward acceleration and increases the hang time.

The helium balloon displaces an amount of air (just like the empty bottle displaces an amount of water). As long as the helium plus the balloon is lighter than the air it displaces, the balloon will float in the air. It turns out that helium is a lot lighter than air.