The new season Merlin ball is inspired by the urban landscapes of England’s cities, adorned with bold colorblocked graphics that feature patterns taken from Nike Air sneakers in pink, black and grey on its white base. The Merlin features All Conditions Control (ACC) technology called “Urban Grip,” which improves traction on all surfaces in any condition.
GM for global equipment Kieran Ronan said in a press release, “We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football… A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.” As a result, the new season Merlin ball is the culmination of English football’s unique fan culture and the Game’s energetic nature.
Technically, the ball is comprised of just four fuse-welded components that create a bigger “sweet spot” for improved accuracy, control and range, while Aerowtrack grooves give the ball a steadier flight path when traveling through the air.
You will be able to purchase the Nike Merlin Premier League 20th Anniversary ball on July 4 from Nike.com.
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