On first look, you might spot there is something wildly different about the new official Champions League match ball. adidas has changed things up dramatically by inverting the colors used on the outer casing. Rather than a visually prominent white with blue stars, they have gone with blue and white stars.
The adidas Finale 18 ball is designed to highlight the iconic UEFA Champions League stars. The white star panels contrast with a blue graphic print covering the rest of the ball, and the color is based on the official UEFA Champions League blue. The stars have a glossy finish, making them stand out even further against the matte finish of the blue hexagon panels. The graphic print is designed to represent the blur of constant motion, perfect for a ball that will be used in the fast-paced football of the UEFA Champions League.
The ball also features the latest adidas performance technology to ensure the best players in the world can perform at their highest level during the UEFA Champions League games. An outer texture coating – consistent across all adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls – offers secure grip and complete control while the thermally bonded star panels provide a seamless surface for an improved first touch.
The big question from fans is how this ball will look visually on pitch, especially under lights when Champions League games are played. Will the blue and white contrast enough against each other or is there a chance it becomes more difficult for fans to see on TV? A definite concern.
Find the new adidas Finale 18 ball available at soccer.com.