NI Football League announce uhlsport as official ball provider

Paul Sherratt, Country Manager of uhlsport Uk and Ireland, alongside Andrew Johnston, NI Football League Managing Director with the new matchball for the 2016/17 season. INLT 20-901-CON
Paul Sherratt, Country Manager of uhlsport Uk and Ireland, alongside Andrew Johnston, NI Football League Managing Director with the new matchball for the 2016/17 season. INLT 20-901-CON

Uhlsport has been announced as the official ball provider for the Northern Ireland Football League starting in the 2016-17 season.

NIFL’s managing director Andrew Johnston expects the new ball to be ‘very well received’ by players, coaches and managers alike.

The footballs will be used in each of NIFL’s competitions including the Danske Bank Premiership, Championship and Premier Intermediate League, as well as in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.

“The uhlsport brand is fast becoming a major player in football around the world and we are proud to have them as our Official Ball Provider,” said Mr Johnston. “Each club will receive their footballs in time for pre-season and having seen the matchball myself I know that it will be very well received by all of the players, coaches and managers. It is a fantastic football.”

Paul Sherratt, Country Manager of uhlsport Uk and Ireland, added: “We are proud to announce the ball sponsorship with NIFL.

“The deal strengthens our brand within this key region. With uhlsport historically being known as a top goalkeeper brand there is a shift of focus to highlight all of our activity, across apparel and football equipment. This provides a commitment to our activity in the region which will mark a proud part of our history.”

The ball is constructed with 22 panels, featuring the next generation of Thermobonding technology. This allows the ball to have optimal roundness, providing superior flight qualities and low water absorption.