Sporting a white, ‘laser crimson’ and black look, the ball will be used in Premier League matches from the start of the new season on 12 September.Two similar versions have been released for the buying public: the official match-steal version which will be used in Premier League matches, costing £ 124.95, and a more affordable £ 24.95 Premier League Strike ball, which also comes with a cyan, “hyper royal” laser blue and orange “color scheme option. Both are already available for purchase.READ ALSO The best balls to buy: Nike, Adidas or Miter? Now that you are cleared out, these are the best balls for training, games or playing in the park
The Nike Flight is the end product of an eight-year project that Nike led to improve consistency in soccer balls – especially in air travel. New AerowSculpt technology means improved aerodynamics: the ball is covered with ridges, allowing air to circulate around it. This means that it moves faster in the air, with a straighter trajectory.
FourFourTwo has tested the Nike Flight model before, and the claims seem to stand up to scrutiny. Even in windy conditions, it is easier to follow the movement of the ball in the air and it is less prone to unexpected deviations. He is also receptive to forgive; this tester was picking up passes in the sky like Andrea Pirlo.
While aerodynamics should be good news for goalkeepers – reducing the number of accidental worlds that leave unfortunate goalkeepers on their feet – it was also well received by forwards.
England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane – who is sponsored by Nike – praised the ball for limiting unexpected movement. “The most important thing about a ball is being able to place it where you want it every time,” he said. “Consistency is the most important thing, and it is so important to have confidence in the ball you are playing with.”
With grassroots football finally returning from a forced coronavirus hiatus, expect to see a few of these Premier League strikes in the park ahead of the Premier League’s big comeback in September.
Buy the official Nike Premier League Flight ball for £ 124.95
Buy the Nike Premier League Strike ball for £ 24.95
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