The Definitive Guide To 2019/20 Competition Soccer Balls

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Finally! The new season is upon us. It’s been a long wait over the off-season but thankfully the new soccer season is underway.

And with every new season comes new players, newly promoted teams and – best of all – new soccer balls. Almost every soccer league and competition in the world has a unique and improved soccer ball for every new season, so here we’ve compiled the definitive guide to 2019/20 competition soccer balls for you to feast your eyes on.

Euro 2020

In 2020, the EURO Cup competition kicks off once more with the Portugal national side looking to retain the title they won in France back in 2016. The Adidas Uniforia soccer ball is constructed in a similar fashion to the World Cup ball from 2018, which offers excellent shape precision and flight stability. The design features garish flashes of neon pink, blue and yellow, with a black brush stroke design that sits on top of a white base colour.

Champions League

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Revealed in June ahead of the start of the qualifying stages of the Champions League, Adidas unveiled the group stage soccer ball for the 2019/20 campaign. Taking inspiration from last season’s versions with its colourful display and accentuation of the iconic white stars, this season’s soccer ball – Adidas Finale 19 – features overlapping stars with flashes of vibrant yellow, pink and blue.

Europa League

Moving onto the Champions League’s little brother, the Europa League recently released their new competition match ball which is created by Molten. This is the second year that the Japanese brand have developed the soccer ball for this competition, which will be primarily designed for the group stages and replaced in the latter stages. With similar features and colour scheme to its predecessor, this ball boasts improved flight characteristics owing to its dimple surface texture.

Barclays Premier League

The Premier League announced their new soccer ball for the season in June, shortly after it was confirmed that they had signed a new six year deal with Nike. The Nike Merlin 20 features a similar construction to the previous version but brings a fresh new look with navy and pink panels. The modular design of the ball has been inspired by England’s cities in addition to classic Air Max styles, which means that there could be other versions released soon.

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La Liga

After over 20 years with ball supplier Nike, La Liga signed a long-term partnership with Puma in March and released their soccer ball for the upcoming season the following month. Puma’s first ball of the new partnership – Puma Final 1 – features an 18-panel heat sealed structure with a 1mm Hi-Solid Dimple PU casing that offers improved aerodynamics and high resistance to grazing, wear and tear.

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Serie A

Announced in August, the Nike Merlin 2 is the official match ball of the Serie A for the upcoming season. The standout design has been developed based around the oversized swoosh and features splashes of orange, blue and yellow. Designed with a four panel construction to reduce seams, this ball boasts enlarged panels that provides greater striking surface.

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Bundesliga

German brand http://gty.im/1163919231 has been the official match ball provider of the Bundesliga since 2018/19 season after taking over the reins from Adidas. The new soccer ball for the new season is essentially the same in construction as its predecessor but boasts a new design with lettering from Danish brand Select and a new colour scheme of blue, black and white.

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