While all eyes are on Euro 2020, federations, clubs and equipment suppliers are already preparing for next season and today Nike and the Premier League are in the spotlight. After DerbySport, Uhlsport and Puma, who respectively unveiled the new balls for the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and La Liga, it is the turn of the American supplier to launch and present the ball which will be used on all the lawns of the English elite during the 2021-2022 campaign.
Official partner of the Premier League since 2000, the comma brand today unveils the new Flight ball with which Bruno Fernandes and Kevin de Bruyne will distribute many assists next season. Introduced last season in the English Premier League, this ball comes in a revisited design.
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Nike balls generally have a lifespan of two years in major European championships, so it is only natural that the Flight appears for a second consecutive season while waiting to be possibly replaced next season. While it truly revolutionized the soccer ball market last season, the Nike Flight retains its unique characteristics. We thus find the technology Aerowsculpt and its almost seamless design that modifies the aerodynamics and trajectories of the ball to make them more regular and predictable. “Micro-flaps” are also strategically printed with 3D ink to optimize aerodynamic stability. Finally, the technology ” ACC Is also present on the ball to provide ideal ball control in all playing conditions thanks to its special coating.
If there are no novelties from a technological point of view, the Nike Flight is presented in a fourth color in two seasons. This new color should be used for the first part of the season while a new, more colorful ball should appear when playing conditions deteriorate with the arrival of Boxing Day and winter. On the first day of the championship on August 14, Premier League players will play with a ball with a white background with a black organic pattern following the spherical shape of the ball and not the shape of the four panels. This new ball also stands out thanks to its orange circles inspired by the “Tunnel Vision” ball for the 2019-2020 season.