History

our balls have been meeting highest standards FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. as one of the most tradition-steeped companies in the industry, WE look back ON a long history.





1947

THE FIRST SELECT BALL



In 1947 Eigil Nielsen, a trained sports psychologist active in the leather industry, develops his first football and founds the company SELECT.

1962

THE WORLD’S FIRST BALL WITH
32 PANELS



SELECT presents the world’s first football with 32 panels. The first handball with 32 panels follows in 1972.

1963

THE FIRST DERBYSTAR BALLS



The balls are produced, aside from saddles and gaiters, in a leather factory in the town of Goch in Germany’s Lower Rhine region. The name DERBYSTAR is derived from equestrian and football derbies in combination with a clear commitment to top quality.

1968

FOUNDING OF DERBYSTAR



Due to the great success of the balls, the ball section is outsourced. DERBYSTAR, a company newly founded by Eigil Nielsen and leather goods specialist Josef Moll-Thissen, specializes from the beginning in the production of hand-sewn sports balls.

1974

FIRST BALL MADE OF PU-MATERIAL



DERBYSTAR is one of the fi rst to use synthetic materials back in the mid-1970s. This invention is considered a revolution back then and has been adopted by all competitors in the meantime.



1979

DERBYSTAR IN Bundesliga



In the 1979/80 season, DERBYSTAR balls are used on all Bundesliga football fields for flanking, headers and shooting.

1995

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY



Since 1995, DERBYSTAR | SELECT has been providing third-world countries with thousands of balls through aid organizations and is involved in an elaborate health and training program (SAHEP) for production staff.

1996

FIFA Quality Program



Due to its great reputation in the global football industry, SELECT is asked by FIFA as one of several major football brands to help set universal quality standards for footballs.

2005

IHF-APPROVED



SELECT handballs get the highest quality seal which can be received in handball: IHF-APPROVED. The balls can be used at national championships and other official competitions which are directed by the IHF.


2006

OFFICIAL EREDIVISIE AND EERSTE
DIVISIE LEAGUE BALL



Since 2006, DERBYSTAR has been providing the official match balls of the first and second Dutch football league. Especially Eredivisie is considered one of Europe’s talent pools. Among others, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edgar Davids, Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Christian Eriksen have scored their goals with a DERBYSTAR ball.

2012

THE WORLD’S FIRST INTELLIGENT
FOOTBALL



In 2012, DERBYSTAR presents the world’s first intelligent football, the DERBYSTAR iBall. Another milestone in the history of football. FIFA’s recognition of this technology shows that DERBYSTAR continues to be at the forefront of gaming device development.


2012

Partner of French Handball



The strong French men's handball league with players like Mikkel Hansen chooses the SELECT ULTIMATE as the official match ball.

2014

DERBYSTAR AND SELECT



Since 2014, both brands were distributed in Germany by DERBYSTAR.

2016

DUAL BONDED FOOTBALLS



In addition to hand-sewn and machine-sewn balls, DERBYSTAR presents for the first time footballs manufactured using the new dual-bonded process.

2016

SELECT BECOMES OFFICIAL BALL SUPPLIER OF THE EHF



From mid-2016 SELECT is the official ball supplier of the EHF (European Handball Federation). The top handball SELECT ULTIMATE becomes the official match ball of the most important European handball competitions: VELUX EHF Champions League, Women's Champions League and EHF European Championship.


2018

OFFICIAL BUNDESLIGA BALL



In April 2017, the DFL announces that DERBYSTAR balls will be used at all matches of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga division as of the 2018/19 season. The collaboration is scheduled for four seasons until 2021/22. As the official ball of one of the world’s best soccer leagues with the highest spectator numbers in Europe, DERBYSTAR thus reaches another milestone.

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