Nike has launched a brand new ball, the Merlin.
It’s described as a “bespoke ball”, and has been developed exclusively for the Premier League as part of a new partnership with Nike.
Nike say that the ball’s technology could lead to even more goals, after a record 1,072 were scored in last year’s season. It has four “fuse welded panels” to give a larger sweet spot for potential goal scoring.
It also contains “Aerowtrack grooves”, which Nike promises will ensure a “more consistent flight”. Control technology also improves traction even in adverse weather conditions.
And its bright colours provide “heightened visual clarity”, meaning players and fans alike can keep their eye on the ball better. A bright pink Nike tick and graphics make it look good, as well as handle well.
Kieran Ronan, head of global equipment at Nike, said that the company wanted to design a ball that “specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football”.