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What's new this season? Nike Merlin ball

27 Jul 2018
Ryan Fraser, AFC Bournemouth

The most advanced ball yet is the first of a host of things being introduced to the Premier League in 2018/19

As the days count down to the first match of the season, looks at things new to the competition for 2018/19. 

Nike Merlin ball

Kevin De BruyneChristian EriksenPierre-Emerick Aubameyang. These players all seem to have the ball under their spell.

And this season they can take their control to a whole new level. 

That's because the new Nike Merlin, the official ball for the 2018/19 Premier League, is the most advanced yet.

Revolutionary design

Where there were once 32 panels to a ball, the Nike Merlin has just four; a world-first.

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

Nike has also integrated their All Conditions Control (ACC) technology in a football for the first time. This will ensure 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.

Get ready for more skills, goals and moments of magic. 

See: How the Nike PL ball has evolved

Also in this series

Part 2: What's new this season? The 59th stadium
Part 3: What's new this season? Match officials
Part 4: What's new this season? Earlier Deadline Day
Part 5: What's new this season? Maiden fixtures
Part 6: What's new this season? Nike referee kits
Part 7: What's new this season? New managers
Part 8: What's new this season? Disciplinary sanctions
Part 9: What's new this season? New nationalities

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