Soccer Ball News and Innovations
Soccer Ball Technology, Developments, News and Innovations
"There can be no game of football without a ball and the better the ball, the better the game."
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The English Premier
League, the Brazilian League, the Spanish League, the US National
Team, the Brazilian National Team, the Korean National Team, the
Portuguese National Team, Inter Milan, PSG, PSV, Hertha Berlin, and
1860 Munich and many more all use Nike's Geo Merlin Vapor as their
official ball. Nike indicates that the ball is faster, rounder and FIFA approved, it delivers the
latest in Nike design and innovation.
Developed around the DART (Dynamic Acceleration Response and Touch) casing system. Nike indicates that "the Geo Merlin Vapor has everything from a softer touch to explosive speed. It is deadly accurate yet still extremely durable. With more explosive power coming off the boot, improved softness and touch and excellent shape retention, the Geo Merlin Vapor is the top of the line".
Features exclusive Nike Geo Balanced Technology for equalized pressure dispersion for consistent response and ball flight.
Designed to reduce drag, for better accuracy and increased velocity. COVER: Hand-stitched, high performance PU with linear grooves for consistent, sustained flight. Exclusive Geo Balanced technology with six double-hex panels. Exclusive E foam for greater stability, durability and performance in cold weather. BLADDER: Special 6-wing carbon latex with Air Block II air retention system. FIFA Approved.
Standard Version - Red and Black Stripes
LFP Version - Blue and Black Stripes with the LFP logo on it
Copa America Version - Gold and Black Stripes with Copa America Logo on it
Premireship Version - Blue and Black Stripes with the Barklycard Premireship Logo on it
New! Total 90 Hi-Vis soccer ball - Designed specifically to aid soccer players in the low light conditions common throughout the English winter, the Nike Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis has been developed with leading sports-vision scientists.
Nike's team of dedicated sport-vision scientists have determined that yellow is the most visible casing colour to the human eye in lower light conditions and have combined this with the optimum contrasting colour, dark blue.
According to Nike: "The Nike Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis ball represents a significant visual contrast and will enable the players to maintain visual effectiveness and attain optimum performance levels."
The U.S. National Men's team made its debut performance with Nike's Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis ball against Jamaica on Wednesday November 17, 2004 . The ball is being used during the winter months in all English Premier League and Spanish Liga Primera games during the 2004-05 season. With the distinctive yellow base and contrasting blue stripe, the ball has gotten solid reviews from the players in the US camp. The ball is also used in some of the German Budesliga matches.
Nike Seitiro Premier Hi Vis
The Nike Seitiro features NIKE RaDaR technology, which stands for Rapid Decision and Response. It is a lab and field tested standard of visual performance that allows players to see the ball better. Validated on pitch with some of the best athletes in the world, the combination of ball casing color, graphic design, and contrast creates an optimal visual signal on the pitch. What does this all mean? It means that NIKE RaDaR allows players to make faster decisions on the pitch and stay ahead of the pace of the game.
The Nike Seitiro continues the tradition of Control, Accuracy, and Touch that is intrinsic to Nike footballs. A micro-textured casing design delivers confident accuracy and aerodynamic stability as airflow is equalized over the ball surface. The premium foam layer ensures consistent control and a soft touch in all conditions. Finally, due to GEO II balanced technology, the Nike Seitiro boasts an even transfer of energy throughout all panels, a 360 degree sweet spot that forces the ball to respond with power no matter where it's struck.
COVER: Micro-textured TPU for improved control. Geometric Precision distributes pressure around the ball for a consistent, accurate and powerful strike.
Nitrogen-expanded foam for shape retention and durability. Perfectly round shape ensures the ball flies fast, far and true.
Nike Seitiro Premier
Nike Seitiro Premier LFP
Puma Cellerator Shudoh or MLS Match Ball
List Price: $99.00
"The FIFA-approved, patented ball ensures maximum trajectory, precision, and increased shooting speed by adapting the physics designed for golf balls. The dimpled surface area gives the ball the positive flight characteristics of a golf ball: consistency and length of trajectory. The dimples create an air pocket of “positive turbulence” around the ball in flight, which translates to superior distance, maximum speed and unparalleled accuracy."
The Cellerator Shudoh is used in Europe by the Scottish Football Association, Serie A power Lazio, the Bundesliga’s VFB Stuttgart and by France’s AS Monaco.
The MLS Match Ball is similar in design and of course used in MLS matches.
List Price: $89.95
The official match ball of prestigious FA Cup, the
unique 26 panel ISO design delivers what Mitre claims as the
world’s fastest football. Recorded at 114mph.
The deep seams are intended to help reduce drag
and improve spin so you can bend it around the extra man in the
wall. Japanese microfilm technology ensures a good grip for keepers
and the MAXLOC3 air retention system provides lasting performance.
Peter Brancazio, a physics professor emeritus from Brooklyn College and author of the book SportsScience, is not convinced any newly developed ball can make much of a difference.
"Sounds like a lot of marketing talk to me," he said. "The accuracy of the kick really depends on the player's ability to put their foot on the right spot on the ball. No technology is going to help you do that."
Soccer Ball World believes that ball accuracy will improve if you go from using a low quality ball that is warped or "out of round" to a high quality ball that is round. An out of round ball will tend to curve uncontrollably and cause the soccer ball to miss the intended target.
See Also: History of the Soccer Ball
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