OFFICIAL EHF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH BALLS
The stars of TOP European handball competitions play with a select ultimate.
The agreement with EHF makes SELECT the official ball supplier for the biggest European handball competitions. For the duration of the partnership, SELECT will produce the match balls for the VELUX EHF Champions League, the Women’s Champions League, the EHF Cup and European Championships.
For each of these competitions, an exclusive special design will be presented every year for the SELECT ULTIMATE. The partnership offers the opportunity to jointly develop and test new product innovations.
THE iBall Technology
The iBall by SELECT/KINEXON was used for the first time in all matches of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2018. With this new technology, information about ball speed, shot detection, shot position and ball position in the goal is captured, so viewers are able to directly follow ball speed and distance to the goal.
In addition, all captured information, i.e. shot distribution by team and player, the exact position of every on-target shot as well as overall shot behavior by team, is made available to TV and digital channels in real time.
The SELECT/KINEXON iBall and the associated new insights into the game make the performance of each player more tangible and ensure even greater fan proximity.
ANIMATED ULTIMATE iBALL
Zero-Wing bladderThe bladder is made of high performance natural latex. The Zero-Wing concept ensures optimum roundness of both the ball and the bladder. SELECT solely uses latex bladders in our balls with build-in balance point at the opposite side of the valve hole. This, together with the Zero Wing concept, gives a perfectly balanced ball with a very lively bounce.
ChipThe KINEXON chip is placed at the very heart of the ball, on the bladder, to keep it safe from shots and bumps, while in play. The chip will capture information such as ball speed, shot detection, position of the shot and placement of the ball on target.
LiningTo stabilize the ball and to ensure that it remains round, its 32 panels are lined with several layers of textile material. The lining also helps to adjust the softness as well as the weight of the ball.
FoamThe most important factor regarding the softness of the ball is a layer of neoprene foam placed between the lining and the synthetic leather. The foam maintains its softness and elasticity game after game. ULTIMATE is the only model produced using specially developed Shark Skin Foam. This makes it an even softer and thoroughly fantastic ball.
PU surfaceThe synthetic leather used in our handballs consists of an outer layer of ”grippy” PU with a backside of non-woven polyester fibre. In addition to this, the special fibre threads are inlaid in a crisscross fashion to ensure the strength and stability of the material. This ensures a ball with a perfect grip, optimal balance and extreme durability.
Double lock valveThe rubber material used in our valves is well known for being airtight and together with the Double Lock system, where the air must pass through two ”gates” to escape, the ball becomes very airtight.
Hand-stitchingULTIMATE is stitched by hand. The 32 panels are sewn together using 630 double stitches and 60 corner stitches and are closed off (especially for SELECT) with a double knot. The ball lasts longer this way.
EHF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE cOLLECTION 2017
Balls of the Pro Series were developed for matches at the highest level.
Balls of the Club Series are ideal for matches and training.