December 8, 2014 – Adidas and Major League Soccer unveiled NATIVO, the official match ball for 2015, the League’s 20th season. NATIVO’s bold aesthetic meshes with the new MLS brand identity while the ball’s materials and technology meet the unrivaled standards set by Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
The NATIVO structure features six identical panels to optimize aerodynamics, stability and symmetry in flight. A unique, micro-texture surface provides improved grip, touch, and control. As Adidas’ most tested ball ever, NATIVO performs well in all conditions and draws praise from professionals and amateurs around the world.
“Our partnership with MLS is incredibly important to us because together, we’re ensuring our homegrown athletes have viable opportunities to play soccer at the highest level,” said Ernesto Bruce, Director of Soccer at Adidas America. “Entering the league’s 20th season, we’re excited to bring our most advanced ball ever to the soccer pitch so we can help players perform at their best.” .
NATIVO’s design is an expression of the new MLS brand. Prominent maple leaf and star images represent the League’s two home nations, Canada and the United States, while the red, white and blue reflect the colors of these nations and the MLS brand. The distinctive NATIVO name alludes to the ball’s stature in the game and pride in the domestic League. NATIVO features the new MLS logo, the Adidas logo, along with the signature of MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Adidas and Major League Soccer unveiled a newly designed NATIVO, the official match ball for the 2016 season. The most tested MLS ball to date, NATIVO utilizes the latest Adidas technology to deliver the highest level of performance to the entire league.
Extensively tested by teams around the world, every element of NATIVO’s construction has been scrutinized to provide the greatest control and accuracy. The Adidas NATIVO includes a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a textured surface that has been updated to ensure the truest flight of the ball.
“Each year we strive to take the official match ball to the next level of performance,” said Zola Short, Senior Sports Marketing Manager, Adidas. “The NATIVO delivers on that goal while giving clubs and fans a look that’s unique to Major League Soccer.”
The NATIVO’s design continues to be inspired by MLS’ three pillars of Club, Country and Community. Infusing the flags of the league’s two home countries, the United States and Canada, NATIVO features new stars, stripes and maple leaf decals across the paneling. The ball is imprinted with the MLS crest and Adidas logo along with the signature of MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Adidas and Major League Soccer Unveil the 2017 Official Match Ball
-NATIVO’s new design features symbols of the United States and Canada representing unity in North America soccer-
-Design inspiration epitomizes how soccer transcends the field-
-Ball debut on-pitch on March 3rd as 2017 MLS season kicks off-
Portland, Ore. January 12, 2017 – Adidas and Major League Soccer today launched the newly designed NATIVO, the Official Match Ball for the 2017 MLS season.
The most tested MLS ball to date, the structure of the NATIVO features the same innovative and widely-praised panel shape as the Brazuca – a unique symmetry of six identical panels that are thermally-bonded together to keep out moisture. In addition, the ball offers premium surface structure designed to provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics.
“The 2017 MLS Official Match Ball attests to how year after year Adidas Soccer brings the world’s best innovative technology to the field of play,” said Ernesto Bruce, Adidas Sr. Director of Soccer. “The 2017 NATIVO’s blueprint showcases the spirit of Adidas Soccer and Major League Soccer blended through a creative design language that highlights the U.S. and Canadian flags, while also featuring a unique texture that will inspire soccer fans across North America to take their game from the stadium to the street.”
The design on the NATIVO combines the symbols of the United States of America and Canada to represent the unity existing within North America soccer. The country flags are then covered by semi-opaque black and grey portions inspired by urban design, a texture inspired by the influence soccer has in popular culture as it transcends from stadium to street and vice-versa. The design also serves as a testament to the MLS supporters’ groups who start their walks to the stadiums and carry that passion into the game.
Here you can find information on UEFA Champions League Balls since 2002 up until the current day.
Adidas Finale: Official Match Ball of the UEFA Champions League Final
2002 Gray Star Finale Ball
The above 2001 Champions Finale ball picture provided by Sheridan Bird. Visit
The Adidas Finale was developed based on the Adidas Terrestra Silverstream, the Official Matchball of the UEFA European Football Championship 2000™. This ball was also made with the same type of materials and construction used for the Adidas Fevernova, except of course the graphics. The graphics for the 2001 Champions Finale ball consist of the gray star design as shown .
Adidas Press Release
Tuesday, May 1, 2001 , Herzogenaurach, Germany
Adidas unveils the new Official Matchball for the UEFA Champions League®-English
Herzogenaurach, May 1, 2001 – adidas, the world’s leading football brand, launches today its first ever Official Matchball exclusively designed and developed for the UEFA Champions League®, the world’s most prestigious club competition. The new ball named “Finale“ is the latest result of adidas’ quest for excellence and innovation and a long tradition of improving the game of football by developing the very best equipment.
The adidas Finale features a unique design, inspired by the UEFA Champions League® starball logo, one of the most recognizable symbols in world football. The new design is completely different from the traditional adidas Tango design. This underlines adidas’ commitment to break new ground in the new millennium developing new and distinct products for the most important events in football. The exclusive Champions League design inextricably links adidas and the new matchball to the very best of football.
On the technical side, the adidas Finale was developed based on the adidas EQUIPMENT Terrestra Silverstream, the Official Matchball of the UEFA European Football Championship 2000™. Softer, faster and more accurate than any other adidas soccer ball before, the adidas Finale also features a layer of highly compressed, gas-filled micro-ballons of equal size (syntactic foam), proven during EURO 2000™ and probably contributing to the highest average goal rate in a major tournament ever. In the development phase, adidas involved top players such as Zinedine Zidane, Raúl, Patrick Kluivert and Alessandro Del Piero to test the ball, all of them known for their special feel for the goal.
“Our commitment to the UEFA Champions League® underlines our determination to further strengthen our position as the number one soccer brand in the world. Our introduction of the UEFA Champions League® licensed products as well as the development of an exclusive Champions League matchball is just the latest proof of our efforts. This is the tournament where the best play the very best – a natural place for adidas to be,“ said Erich Stamminger, Member of the Executive Board of adidas-Salomon AG, responsible for global marketing.
The new adidas Finale matchball will be used in the semi-final matches Real Madrid-Bayern München and Bayern München-Real Madrid on May 1 and 9 and naturally in the Final in Milan, May 23, 2001.
2003 Black Star Finale Ball
The Adidas Finale 2003 ball has the same design and materials with black stars instead of the gray ones used in the 2001 ball.
2004 Blue Star Finale Ball
The above picture is from Soccer Ball World visitor Peter Pesti
The Adidas Finale 2003/2004 ball has the same design and materials with blue stars instead of the gray ones used in the 2001 ball. Look for a new model this year for use in the final Champions League match in May. The 2004/2005 model has RED stars
From Soccer Ball World Visitor Peter Pesti
One of the Original Match Balls Made for the Final Match between FC Porto and AS Monaco in 2004
AufSchalke ARENA, 26th may 2004. Gelsenkirchen (GERMANY)
AS MONACO (0) – FC PORTO (3)
INTRODUCTION: The UEFA Champions League is by far the most popular club competition in Europe. Last year the final match was played in Gelsenkirchen (GERMANY), in the very new stadium of FC Schalke (called AufSchalke Arena) on the 26th of May 2004. The final game ended with a three goal victory for the Portuguese dream team FC Porto against the French champion AS Monaco.
THIS PARTICULAR BALL: Not only the official match ball of the UEFA Champions League, but one of the very few authentic balls that was specifically made for the final 2004 game. The ball can easily be identified by the printed AufSchalke logo on the ball. Adidas marks only those balls that are intended to be used in the final game.
2005 Red Star Ball
Above three pictures were provided by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa
Adidas Press Release
Thursday, August 26, 2004 ,
Adidas Presents New Official Match Ball for UEFA Champions League
Monaco/Herzogenaurach, August 26, 2004 – Adidas officially presented the new Finale, the Official Match Ball of the UEFA Champions League™, at the group draw for the upcoming UEFA Champions League™ in Monaco.
With the fourth generation of the exclusive UEFA Champions League™ ball, Adidas provides Europe’s best teams with a thermally bonded ball that allows them to utilize their skills to the fullest. The new Power Balance Technology and an inspiring design, which is rooted in the well-known UEFA starball logo, ensure that the new ball is one homogenous unit. The new mission red colored Adidas Finale is available globally at a wide range of outlets at a retail price of around $140.
The major improvement of the new Finale is the Power Balance Technology with the following features:
Novel panel design – superior PU surface plus highly resilient foam for better ball control and explosive response.
Thermal bonded panels: a new technology which replaces traditional hand stitching, thus creating a smoother, seamless surface for increased accuracy, water resistance and durability.
Innovative carcass technology: a new lamination technique for optimal balance and most consistent quality properties.
High-grade natural latex bladder for optimal rebound characteristics.
Overall, the fourth generation of the Finale offers better control and rebound characteristics than ever before as well as increased water resistance, accuracy and durability. The new technology was first introduced with the adidas Roteiro™, the Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2004™, which has become the world’s best-selling football ever.
2005 Finale Match Ball
AC Milan vs. Liverpool in Istanbul
This ball was specifically made for the final Champions League match. Very rare!
Above pictures were provided by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa
2006 Black Star Ball
2006 Power Orange Ball for snow conditions
Power Orange Finale Ball
Above pictures were provided by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa
Adidas presents Official Match Ball for UEFA Champions League™ 2007 Final
Athens/Herzogenaurach, March 8th, 2007 – Today adidas presents the Official Match Ball for the UEFA Champions League™ Final in Athens on May 23rd: the adidas “Finale Athens”. The Greek capital is hosting its 4th UEFA Champions League™ Final in the newly built 2004 Olympic Stadium, where Europe’s best football clubs will play the Final of the 2006/2007 season.
The adidas “Finale Athens” features the successful adidas +Teamgeist™ technology, a 14-panel configuration. It reduces the number of three-panel touch points by 60% and the total length of panel lines by 15%. This creates a perfectly round ball allowing great accuracy and control for Europe’s best football clubs. The combination of the revolutionary panel shape, a new carcass construction and the thermal bonding technology provide this official match ball for the Final with the best performance qualities ever.
The design of the adidas “Finale Athens” is based on the widely recognizable UEFA Champions League™ star ball logo and is executed in blue and white, representing the colors of Greece. Celebrating the city where the first modern Olympics of 1896 took place, adidas named the ball for the UEFA Champions League™ Final the “Finale Athens“. The adidas “Finale Athens” is available globally at a retail price of $129.00 as of today.
Both finalists will receive the Finale Athens ball for use in their pre-match training in advance of the 23 May showpiece at the Olympic Stadium. The team that comes out on top in the final will also have the exclusive right to use the ball for home matches as they defend the prestigious trophy next season, as was the case with FC Barcelona this term. The draw for the latter rounds of the UEFA Champions League will take place in Athens tomorrow.
2007 2008 Yellow Star Ball
Above three pictures were provided by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa
In the signature star pattern that has become an icon of the UEFA Champions League, this is the official match ball of the 2014 finale. This is the ball that will be used in the 2014 finale at the Estaˇdio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal on May 24th. In addition to the star panel design, the ball features the official UEFA Champions League logo throughout and a trophy graphic.
The Finale 13 – The Official Match Ball for the 2013/2014 UEFA Champions League™ season The adidas UEFA Champions League Finale 13 Official Match Ball will be used by Europe’s elite clubs during all group stage matches of the 2013/2014 competition. As with previous Official Match Balls, the new design features an outer coating texture designed to provide optimal grip at the point of impact.
The artwork within the iconic star panel construction uses distinctive colours (white / infrared / silver / black) and graphics to signify a “ceremony of light” design. The iconic UEFA Champions League logos positioned within the top and bottom star panels and the individual strands spreading from this design represent the vibrant stadiums on match day and resulting light beams emanating across Europe.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALE BERLIN OFFICIAL MATCH BALL
· Design inspired by the Berliner bear and the city’s
unrivaled street-art scene
Herzogenaurach / Berlin, 16th February 2015 – Today Adidas is proud to show the world the ball that everyone will want to get their hands on. The Adidas Finale Berlin – the Official Match Ball for the knock-out stages and the Final of the most prestigious club competition in global football – has arrived.
Now that the UEFA Champions League is about to enter its most exciting stage, the ball is ready to become the centre of attention once again, and will shine throughout the pitches of Europe; from the knock-out stages, all the way to the Final.
The Adidas Finale Berlin UEFA Champions League Official Match Ball with Berlin´s iconic Brandenburg Gate in the background
The design was inspired by the dynamic, young and hip scene of Berlin. The top star includes one of the most recognisable symbols of the city: the Brandenburg Gate set in front of the legendary Olympiastadion Berlin, the setting for this year’s ultimate UEFA Champions League showdown, which will take place on Saturday 6th June, 2015.
The surrounding stars on the ball each have a bold and colourful design, including the other key Berliner symbol: the bear. The vibrant mix of colour is also typical of the expressive, artistic and free spirited German capital city.
As with all UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls, the Adidas Finale Berlin features an outer coating texture designed to provide optimal grip at the point of impact. The thermally bonded star panel design on the match ball, based on the design of the UEFA Champions League logo, provides a seamless surface and first-class performance.
The adidas Finale Berlin ball will be used on field during UEFA Champions League matches from tomorrow (Tuesday 17th February, 2015) onwards up until and including the this year’s UEFA Champions League Final.
Adidas unveils the Official Match Ball for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stages
New design features messages from players explaining how they win their way
New Official Match Ball seen on-pitch for the first time on 13th September 2016
Herzogenaurach, August 25 – Adidas has today revealed the Official Match Ball for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stages. The ball, which will help decide the winners of the biggest prize in club football, has a striking new design featuring comments from Adidas players on what winning means to them. The hand written messages come from some of the game’s best players, including the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale all saying how they win their way. “Play your life, I play mine”, says Ozil, with Toni Kroos contributing “controlling the game is everything”. James Rodriguez says “la creatividad gana”, meaning “creativity wins” whereas Bale says “being faster than a bullet”.
The ball features white panels surrounded by green stars and is based on the design of the UEFA Champions League logo. The star panels contain an outer coating texture, consistent across all Adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls , to provide a seamless surface for optimal grip in varied conditions.
Adidas Official Match Ball for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen Stages
Similar design at previous Champions League balls
Graphics include a Welsh Dragon in blue and gray colors as a symbol of Wales
Cardiff’s National Stadium of Whales will be the location of the 2017 UEFA Champion’s League final
The ball features the famous star panels with the new graphics and the Champions League logo. The star panels contain an outer coating texture, consistent across all Adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls , to provide a seamless surface for optimal grip in varied conditions.
Adidas has not officially released this ball. More information to come.
Adidas Unveils Welsh Dragon-Inspired Official Match Ball for the UEFA Champions League Knock Out Stages and Final
– Ball design is inspired by famous national symbol of Wales –
– Ball will be used during the knock-out phases and final in Cardiff –
Herzogenaurach, 13th February – With the UEFA Champions League returning for its crucial final stages, Adidas today unveiled theOfficial Match Ball that will be used as Europe’s best teams compete for the trophy.
Celebrating the nation of Wales, which will host this year’s final, the ball’s unique design features a striking dragon print – inspired by the national emblem, which famously features prominently on the Welsh flag.
The Adidas team, who travelled to Cardiff as part of the design process, drew inspiration from the power and strength the dragon represents in Celtic mythology – with the dragon print designed to represent the ferocity with which the final stages are played.
The ball also delivers the performance benefits required to match the standard of the players set to light up the latter stages of the competition – the likes of Messi, Bale, Suarez and Müller. Its outer coating texture is consistent with all the Adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls and provides optimal grip, while the thermally-bonded star panel design provides a seamless surface for improved first touch.
The Adidas Final Cardiff 2017 ball will be used on field during UEFA Champions League matches from 14th February up until and including the final on 3rd June.
Updated version of the beloved, Nike Ordem, Nike’s top-quality match ball.
Barclays Premier League version, featuring the league logo.
A new wrapped bladder system ensures the smoothest and most consistent surface — delivering optimal touch and accurate flight. The geometric 12 panel fuse-welded construction employs a new 3D printed ink technique. Finally, the ball’s graphics follow the design principle of “Flow Motion,” applying aluminance that ensures excellent visibility while the ball is in play.
Withstands high-level play and maintains flight and shape retention with a fuse-welded synthetic leather casing.
12-panel design for accurate flight; flight further enhanced by the Nike Aerowtrac grooves that help stabilize.