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“JABULANI”, the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

Jabulani – means “to celebrate” in isiZulu


On December 4th, adidas and FIFA officially unveiled the adidas “JABULANI”, the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The “JABULANI”, which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and radically new technology. The new match ball will be available in retail from December 5th onwards.

The newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically molded, the ball is perfectly round and even more accurate than ever before.

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The name:

The name ”JABULANI” originates from the indigenous language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. Literally translated, “JABULANI” means “to celebrate”. Football is a passion that unites the world. The name of the new match ball appropriately pays tribute to the passionate football celebration international fans will enjoy in South Africa next summer.

 The design:

Eleven different colors are used in the Adidas “JABULANI”, the eleventh Adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colors represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African communities that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The colorful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity. Four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit. And like the outer facade of Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium, individual design elements also capture the colorfulness of South Africa.

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3-D panel shapes:

The Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features a completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are moulded together, harmoniously enveloping the inner carcass. The result is an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. Following the first tests, players all over the world are enthusiastic and are promising many goals with the new ball.

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What did the players have to say:

Michael Ballack: “Fantastic, the ball does exactly what I want it to.”

Petr Cech: “You can feel the energy coming towards you, like a shot.”

Frank Lampard: “A very strong ball, true to hit.”

Kaká: “For me, contact with the ball is all-important, and that’s just great with this ball.”

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Grip’n’Groove profile

Aero Grooves:

Aero grooves create the clearly visible profile on the ball’s surface. The Grip’n’Groove profile circles around the entire ball in an optimal aerodynamic way. The integrated grooves provide unmatched flight characteristics, making this the most stable and most accurate Adidas ball ever. The ground breaking performance features of the “Jabulani” have been confirmed in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and countless checks in wind tunnel and the Adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany. 
Grip:

Since the introduction of the “goose bumps” surface for the last European Championship ball, the microtexture of the new ball’s outer skin has also been given a visible facelift. The Jabulani has futuristic texture with fantastic grip, giving players full control over the ball under all weather conditions.

Adidas always involves world-class athletes in the development and testing of its products. For the Adidas Jabulani, Adidas partners AC Milan, FC Bayern Munchen, the Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town tested the ball in 2008, contributing to improvements in the surface structure and material composition. The involvement of players will continue to help bring the best football products to market going forward.

If you have more information or want to review this ball, please contact us!

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Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above two pictures.

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Soccer Soccer Balls

FIFA Confederations Cup Official Ball


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Three symbols of Brazilian culture combined by Adidas for the Official Match Ball of the FIFA Confederation Cup 2013Specially designed ball created for the FIFA Confederations Cup for only the second time in tournament history

São Paulo, December 1st 2012

The name and design of the official match ball for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 was unveiled today at the FIFA Draw show. Three symbols of Brazilian culture; Carnival, Football, and Samba have been combined to create the Adidas Cafusa.

Created by the same product team who designed the hugely successful Tango 12, the Adidas Cafusa combines proven high performance technology with a locally relevant aesthetic. The name and vibrant color scheme reflects the national identity with a particular focus the on “Southern Cross” constellation represented in the Brazilian flag. 

Unveiling the Official Ball of FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 is a big moment for us. Brazilians are passionate about football and we wanted to deliver an inspirational ball for this competition, which serves as an example of joy for such a huge event such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. We are very pleased with the Adidas Cafusa, the final product has strong Brazilian elements in place throughout the design,” said Rodrigo Messias, Director of the Project 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

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Soccer Womens Soccer Balls

Official Women’s World Cup Match Ball: Conext15

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Adidas unveils Match Ball for 

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

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FIFA and Adidas celebrate women’s football  05-Dec-2014Adidas today unveiled the official match ball of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, the Adidas conext15. The ball features a new green, red and blue ribbon design inspired by the elements of nature: earth, wind and fire.

The Adidas conext15 features the same ground-breaking technology that was used so successfully in Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The ball has a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure that provides improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch

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Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

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Soccer Soccer Ball Information

Soccer Ball Dictionary

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AI-2000 -Type of high end synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls.  For more information on soccer ball construction
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BAR – The IS Metric unit of pressure equal to one million Dynes per square centimeter. One Bar is equal to 14.5038 pounds per square inch (PSI) . It is also nearly equivalent to one atmosphere of pressure.
Bladder – Used to retain the air in an inflatable ball. Usually made of latex or butyl. For more information click here.
Buckminster Soccer Ball or BuckyBall – The American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller came up with the design when he was trying to find a way for constructing buildings using a minimum of materials.The shape is a series of hexagons, pentagons and triangles, which can be fitted together to make a round surface. The modern football is essentially a Buckminster Ball consisting of 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal surfaces. When they are sewn together and inflated they make a near perfect sphere. For more information on the history of the soccer ball
Butyl Bladders – Type of material used in the construction of ball bladders.  Retains air longer than bladders made from latex.
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Carbon Latex Bladders – Type of material used in the construction of ball bladders.  Retains air longer than bladders made from latex. Carbon is added to the latex to plug some of the microscopic holes that are in pure latex bladders.
Circumference – Measurement of the outer dimension of the soccer ball. Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for FIFA match use. Assures that the ball will is with in the minimum and maximum specifications of circumference.  For more information on FIFA soccer ball testing specifications
Cover – The surface of soccer balls or coverings are made up from synthetic leather and not full grain leather because leather has a tendency to absorb water causing the ball to become very heavy. Synthetic leather is typically made from PU (polyurethane)
and PVC (poly vinyl chloride). For more information on soccer ball construction
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DART (Dynamic Acceleration Response and Touch) –  casing system used in some Nike soccer balls
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FIFA Approved – Since January 1, 1996 only those outdoor soccer balls (footballs) which have been tested and meet the demanding quality criteria, bearing either of the official markings ‘FIFA Approved’, ‘FIFA Inspected’ or ‘International Matchball Standard,’ are allowed to be used in FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association www.fifa.com ) competition matches and competition matches under the auspices of the six continental Confederations. For more information on soccer ball approvals
FIFA -Fédération Internationale de Football Association at www.fifa.com
FIFA Inspected – Since January 1, 1996 only those outdoor soccer balls ( footballs) which have been tested and meet the demanding quality criteria, bearing either of the official markings ‘FIFA Approved’, ‘FIFA Inspected’ or ‘International Matchball Standard,’ are allowed to be used in FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association www.fifa.com ) competition matches and competition matches under the auspices of the six continental Confederations. For more information on soccer ball approvals
Football – THE GAME or THE BALL otherwise known as a soccer ball or futbol.  Not to be confused with American football.
Futbol – THE GAME or THE BALL otherwise known as a soccer ball or football.  
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Impranil® – Adidas’s Fevernova soccer ball uses a special foam layer with tiny gas filled balloons imbedded in a syntactic foam. The foam is based on an abrasion resistant polyurethane made by Bayer. For more information on the Fevernova ball and other soccer ball innovations, click here.
International Match Ball (IMS) – Since January 1, 1996 only those outdoor soccer balls ( footballs) which have been tested and meet the demanding quality criteria, bearing either of the official markings ‘FIFA Approved’, ‘FIFA Inspected’ or ‘International Matchball Standard,’ are allowed to be used in FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association www.fifa.com ) competition matches and competition matches under the auspices of the six continental Confederations. For more information on soccer ball approval
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Korean Ducksung -Type of high end synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls.
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Latex Bladders – Type of material used in the construction of ball bladders.  Retains air less longer than bladders made from butyl. However; latex bladders tend to have a better “feel” than balls with butyl bladders.
Leather – Early soccer balls (footballs) were made with leather outer covers. However; the balls would absorb water and become very heavy.  Synthetic leather materials are used in today’s balls because they do not absorb as much water. For more information on the history of the soccer ball
Leatherite – Synthetic leather usually PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or PU (Poly Urethane).
Lining – Multiple layers of lining are placed between the cover and the bladder. These layers are composed of polyester or cotton bonded (laminated) together to give the ball strength, structure and bounce. Professional soccer balls usually have four or more layers of lining. Promotional or practice balls are often constructed with less layers of lining. The lining helps the ball retain it’s shape and bounce over the life of the ball. For more information on soccer ball construction
Loss of Pressure – Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for FIFA match use. Assures that the ball will not loose a certain amount of pressure over time. 
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MSB – Machine Stitch Ball or Machine Stitch Technology
Microfiber – Type of synthetic leather developed to look and feel like leather. Uses micro strands of fiber to simulate the grain structure of leather. High end soccer balls use microfiber for the outer cover.
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NFHS – National Federation of State High School Associations at www.nfhs.org
NFHS Approved – Since the 1999-2000 school year, soccer balls used in interscholastic competition in sports for which the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) writes playing rules are required to have the NFHS authenticating mark. For more information on this authenticating mark
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Panels – The different segments that make up the outside of the ball — varies for each soccer ball design. For more information on soccer ball construction
PERIMETER BALANCE TECHNOLOGY (PBT) – Puma’s bladder balance technology used on their new Shudoh ball with dimples.
Pig’s Bladders – Used to retain the air in very old inflatable balls. Today, typical bladders are made of latex or butyl. For more information on the history of the soccer ball 
Porvair – Type of high end synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls. 
PSI – A measurement of pressure in the American system. By way of comparison, the weight of the atmosphere (one atmosphere) is 14.7 pounds per square inch, at sea level.  In the IS Metric system, pressure is measured in Bars. To covert PSI to Bars, take the PSI figure and multiply it by 0.0689476.
PU – Poly Urethane – Type of high end synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls
PUMA AIR LOCK’ (PAL) – Puma’s bladder air valve  technology used on their new Shudoh ball with dimples.
PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride – Type synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls. Usually used on practice type soccer balls because it is less scuff resistant than balls made with PU synthetic leather material.
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Rebound – Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for FIFA match use. Assures that the ball will bounce to the specified minimum and maximum height at a certain temperature and ball pressure. 
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Shape and Size Retention – Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for the “FIFA Approved” mark. Assures that the ball will keep it’s shape, pressure and size after subjecting it to 2000 simulated kicks against a metal plate.  A machine is used to simulate the kicks at the specified speed and distance. 
Soccer Ball –  THE BALL otherwise known as a football or futbol.  It is the ball used in a soccer match (duh).
Sphericity – Measurement of how “round” the soccer ball is. Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for FIFA match use. Assures that the ball will not deviate more than the specified percentage from the mean value. 
Stitching – The highest quality balls are stitched with a polyester or similar thread. 5-ply twisted polyester cord is the material of choice in stitching together a soccer ball. Hand sewn balls have tighter and stronger seams. Kevlar® reinforced polyester stitching is also used on some balls. For more information on soccer ball construction
Syntactic – special foam layer with tiny gas filled balloons imbedded within. Used exclusively in  Adidas’s Fevernova soccer ball.
Synthetic Leather – Simulated leather used in the outer cover of soccer balls.
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Teijin Cordley – Type of high end synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls. 
TPU – Thermo Poly Urethane – Type of synthetic leather material used to make the outer covers on soccer balls. 
Types – Soccer balls are generally categorized into four types, Professional Match, Match, Practice and Promotional balls. For more information click here
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Water Absorption – Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for FIFA match use. Assures that the ball does not absorb over the specified amount of water weight. 
Weight – Measurement of how much a soccer ball weighs.  Type of testing used in approving a soccer ball for FIFA match use. Assures that the ball weight is with in the specified range. 
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