Yellow Ball in EPL?

Discussion in 'Premier League: News and Analysis' started by cleansheetbsc, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. cleansheetbsc

    cleansheetbsc Member+

    Mar 17, 2004
    Is anyone familiar with why the official Nike EPL ball has been switched to yellow from white in recent weeks? Does it have anything to do with visibility or anything like that?
  2. sarabella

    sarabella BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 22, 2004
    It's supposed to make it easier to see. That's what I heard, anyway.
  3. RichardL

    RichardL BigSoccer Supporter

    May 2, 2001
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    exactly that. They've been using a yellow ball during the winter in the football league for a number of years now. Tests have proven that the eye is supposed to see it a fraction of a second quicker - which would be really useful if players were standing around looking in random directions and then reacted when it entered their field of vision. It looks horrible too.

    Am I still strangely annoyed than in 18 years of watching football, I've yet to attend a match where they've had to use the orange ball. The wimps today won't play if there's a bit of snow.
  4. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    I have seen the orange ball in Germany and CL games in Scandinavia.

    I think the yellow ball is a marketing ploy by the Nike-sters to respond to the Adidas Fevernova.
  5. Gunners11

    Gunners11 Member

    Jul 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Arsenal FC
    I saw the orange ball used in Italy in the Seria A last year too.
  6. Eddie26

    Eddie26 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I saw an orange ball too but that was after a night with a shady female!
  7. soccerphan

    soccerphan New Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Philadelphia, USA
    I saw a piece about the yellow ball on the EPL show on FSW a few weeks back.

    the yellow along with the dark colored stripes make it easier to see against the grass and the sky simultaneously. The pattern of the dark stripes are such that the goalkeeper can get an accurate view of the spinning motion.

    I like it. It's much easier to follow as I watch Cahill, Bent and the rest of Everton kick AZZ in the EPL this year !!! :)
  8. petermoran

    petermoran New Member

    Aug 23, 2004
    Nike has actually done an incredible amount of research regarding what would be the optimal colors for soccer balls. They apparently worked with a few world-reknowned people in the field of opthamology or optics when determining what colors show up best in very bright conditions and very dark conditions. That's why you get the two drastically different colors...almost day-glo yellow and a vibrant but deep blue.

    Apparently, the combination enables the eye to pick up the ball quicker in sub-optimal lighting...making it a more effective color scheme for fast paced games in darker or very bright conditions.

    There is science behind the's not just a marketing ploy.
  9. surfcam

    surfcam Member

    Sep 8, 2004
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It is easier to see. Considering that from November til April, there are only 3 days of sunshine, it is needed :D
  10. Aud300

    Aud300 Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    San Antonio Texas
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The orange ball made a apperance last year in a Uefa cup game with a no - name team agasint Inter Milan with Fc Inter on the losing side. ;)
  11. ETSC

    ETSC Member

    Jul 5, 2004
    They used it for the US Jamaica WCQ last week. It might be different on field but on TV it was difficult at times to pick up the ball against the Reggae Boyz neon yellow jerseys.
  12. galperin

    galperin Member

    Feb 1, 2001
    Maineville, OH
    On darker days, when rainy and such, the yellow ball is much easier to pick up. This is why it was used in the US-Jam WCQ a few weeks ago, and why EPL is using it.

    I had a yellow ball when I was younger, and loved it.
  13. LeeS

    LeeS Member

    Mar 23, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I worried about that at the beginning of the match, but as it turned out, I had no problem seeing it at all.


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