Tonight, the 2019-2o season of Premier league will kick off. A tech-loaded ball designed by Nike is a new addition to this year’s premier league. Nike Merlin has been specially manufactured for the league.
On the first match, the European champion Liverpool is all set to meet the Norwich, at Anfield, Liverpool. This year also marks the 200-year partnership between Nike and Premier League. The Nike Merlin is made of four-welded panels that are joined together. The idea is to extend the ‘sweet spot’ that footballers look for, with fewer seems and thereby joined pieces getting in the way. Good news then for those midfielders who like slick passes, even for those who like to ping long and accurate passes (also known as Hollywood passes) to catch opposition defenders out of position. Then there is the Urban Grip tech, which is an update for Nike’s All Conditions Control (ACC Technology). The Premier league fixtures are played in a variety of conditions, including rain, drizzle and even snow at times.
There have been 3D Technology infused into the ball which will help with the ball control in wet and dry condition. It will prevent skidding and the Urban Grip tech should help with the traction in varying pitch conditions and grip levels. Quite often, ink and paint on a ball makes it skid more than usual on surfaces that aren’t completely dry.
The development of the Merlin also focused on making the ball more consistent in terms of the passing range and the flight trajectory. The Nike Aerotrack grooves have been integrated in the Merlin ball, with the idea to ensure that every pass is consistent.