The official match ball for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 has been unveiled – which the continent's top female players will hope to shoot to glory in Sweden next summer.
The ball, manufactured by adidas, features a futuristic design incorporating the traditional blue and yellow of the tournament's Swedish host nation, and was given its first public airing at Friday's group stage draw in Gothenburg.
Just like the adidas Tango 12, match ball of UEFA EURO 2012, the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 official match ball comprises a series of thermally bonded triangular panels – with each panel covered with a grip texture that supports boot-to-ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface lies a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.
Rigorous testing by players and under laboratory conditions makes the ball, which will debut at the tournament's opening game between Sweden and Denmark on 10 July, the most tested adidas has ever produced.
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