2006 FIFA Official World Cup Match Ball
What make this soccer ball very unique is not just the pretty cool visual appearance, but very radical construction technology. The Teamgeist ball is manufactured from 14 thermal bonded panels. This had never happened before. Most of soccer balls are made of 32 or 26 panels.
The question is, if reduced amount of panels would be in any benefit to players.
According to Adidas "only balls with a perfectly round and smooth surface react reliably and consistently when kicked.
It basically means that this ball, supposedly, is perfectly round and balanced offering outstanding accuracy when kicked.
According to me: definitely it's a great soccer ball, but remember, you still need skills, good touch and some luck to score goals, make great passes or control the ball with ease. It's not just the ball.
On the other hand, the great designed and manufactured soccer ball will not "bather" your game, like some "bad" balls. It can only help.
Having said that, looks like the Teamgeist, is the ball that can only increase level of your game. It seems this ball is really comfortable to play.
The new Match Ball was tested under FIFA Approved test standards. The results of the overall performance of the Teamgeist were outstanding. The ball did not only meet FIFA Approved standards but it exceeded practically each of them:
|FIFA Approved Standard||68.5 cm - 69.5 cm|
|The Teamgeist||69.0 cm - 69.25 cm|
|FIFA Approved Standard||max. 1.5% difference|
|The Teamgeist||max. 1.0% difference|
|FIFA Approved Standard||no more than 10% weight increase|
|The Teamgeist||no more than 0,1 % weight increase|
|FIFA Approved Standard||Weight between 420 and 445 grams|
|The Teamgeist||Weight between 441 and 444 grams|
|Shape & size retention|
|FIFA Approved Standard||2,000 cycles at 50 km per hour|
|The Teamgeist||3,500 cycles at 50 km per hour|
|FIFA Approved Standard||No more than 10 cm|
|The Teamgeist||No more than 2 cm|
|Loss of pressure|
|FIFA Approved Standard||Loss of pressure max. 20%|
|The Teamgeist||Loss of pressure max. 11%|
Pretty impressive, isn't it?
It is worth to notice that this ball's water absorption almost does not exist. It means the ball is virtually waterproof; therefore its performance characteristics in dry or wet conditions should be almost identical.
One more test performed on the Adidas Teamgeist:
The Robotic Leg
The Adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany, features a high-tech robotic leg, which is used for a variety of ball tests. The machine is able to repeat an identical kick in the exact same angle and with exactly the same speed and power, time and time again. Extensive tests conducted with the robotic leg show that the new Adidas Match Ball is 30% more accurate than top competitive balls tested. A high-speed camera is set up parallel to the impact to analyze the impact on the ball. The new 14-panel configuration, featuring fewer seams, makes the ball perform significantly more uniformly, no matter where the ball is hit.
What do players think?
Besides scientific tests, the new ball was also tried on the field by few professional soccer clubs. Here are the opinions about this ball of some well-known players, released by FIFAworldcup.com:
"Just using it in training, all the players at Real Madrid have been impressed. With the ball's movement, it doesn't go off everywhere, it goes where you want it to go and that's important. Your passing, controlling and shooting of the ball - it's in one direction and that's what you need."
David Beckham, Real Madrid
"You have the old-style colors which remind us a bit about football's history but also the modern technology, so you have a blend of the future and the past."
Kaka, AC Milan
"When you kick it, it goes in the right direction which sounds obvious but is really important."
Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid
I would like to add one more interesting thing about the new Adidas Match Ball. It is the first ball ever to feature a complete under-glass print technology, providing the Teamgeist with the best and strongest surface material ever and guaranteeing the ball is more durable and will hold its unique look much longer.
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