Adidas was once again in charge of handling the ball design for a World Cup (the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be precise) so the company has just come out with the brand spanking new Adidas Speedcell, the official ball of the 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup.
First, let’s get to some FIFA specifics. If you’re buying a ball at this price, you’ll want to know you’re getting a ball fit to the highest quality standards. The ball doesn’t disappoint. FIFA put it through it’s rigorous testing to ensure the ball could be approved for weight, water uptake, shape, and size retention. The Speedcell passed with flying colors, of course. One of the best features of the ball is that zero stitching is used; rather, the ball is thermally bonded together to ensure a more predictable trajectory (a glaring problem of the Jabulani) and superior ball control. One thing I also noticed immediately when checking out the ball is these elliptical groves all around the ball. According to Adidas, the “micro texture” and “artificially placed grooves” help ensure a straighter ball flight path. After last summer’s disaster with the Jabulani, Adidas was clearly out to fix some “problems” with their official match balls and the company has largely succeeded, as proven in testing. The ball seemed to fly exactly where I desired and I could pin-point passes and crosses with greater accuracy then I’ve done previously.
As for looks, the ball doesn’t disappoint at all. It’s an extremely stylish, modern ball gray contour lines all over and a neat color scheme on certain sections of the ball. Blues, yellows, and greens transition beautifully to dress up the plain white grooves that dominate the ball. The ball is imprinted with a FIFA quality seal to ensure you are getting the highest quality product out there. Plus, it’s got a prominent Adidas logo with an official match ball Speedcell lettering above the logo, so you know you’ve got the ball the pros will be wearing this summer.
If you’re looking for something high quality to complement your womens soccer apparel, you don’t need to look too far. The Adidas Speedcell is an extremely high quality ball for high quality players. If you want to play and feel like the pros, pick up this ball.
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