The Premier League 2019 season which kicked off yesterday, Friday, has also introduced the football to the new Nike Merlin ball that will not be seen in any other tournament during the season.
The first bespoke ball of its kind is produced solely for England’s top flight and coincides with the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Nike and the Premier League.
Nike’s technology innovation with Merlin balls this year are tipped to see more goals than the 1,072 struck in the last season.
The ball comprises just four fuse-welded panels to provide a bigger “sweet spot” for ball striking. It has heightened visual clarity for players and spectators thanks to the new graphic layout and striking colour combinations, Premier League has revealed in an article on its official website.
The Nike “Aerowtrack” grooves on the ball will ensure a more consistent flight, while Urban Grip, an updated version of Nike’s All Conditions Control (ACC) technology, will give enhanced traction whatever the surface or weather.
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“We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football,” says Kieran Ronan, GM, Global Equipment at Nike. “A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.”
Not just the tech, Nike Merlin ball also stands with the pink Nike swoosh and distinctive modular graphic, which borrows its look from the world-famous Nike Air footwear ranges.
This modular system also allows the graphic’s colours to be changed, so expect to see different versions of the ball throughout the 2019/20 campaign, reads the article. “The Premier League is often described as the most dynamic league in the world and we wanted to create a ball that reflects this,” added Ronan.