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Nike launches Merlin ball for 2018/19 Premier League

31 May 2018
Nike Merlin

Prepare to witness magic in the new season as Nike reveal their most technologically advanced ball yet

Harry Kane. Raheem Sterling. Eden Hazard. These players seem to have the ball at their command.

And in the 2018/19 Premier League, what they will be able do with it will reach a whole new level.

Because the new Nike Merlin, the official ball for the 2018/19 Premier League, is the most advanced yet.

Where there were once 32 panels to a ball, the new Nike Merlin will have just four, a world-first.

Fewer panels mean fewer seams, eliminating hard spots and opening the ball up to more sweet spots for Premier League players to shoot or pass with more accuracy.

Revolutionising the design for the 2018/19 season, Nike has integrated their All Conditions Control (ACC) technology in a football for the first time, ensuring optimal touch and control in all weather and pitch conditions.

Debossed grooves and 3D inks in the ball will further improve its feel and aerodynamics, helping it move through the air.

And the ball’s colours, a mix of white, black, purple, blue and yellow, will help players identify more easily which way it is spinning, when it will drop, and how fast it is travelling. This will give them crucial milliseconds to decide what magic they will apply next.

The Merlin marks Nike's 18th season as the official supplier for the Premier League and will be used for the first time in the Premier League when the new season gets under way on the weekend of 11 August.

You can get your hands on the Nike Merlin ball before the players as it goes on sale on Friday, 1 June.

See: How the Nike Premier League ball has evolved

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