THE BALL FOR SUPPORTERS
DERBYSTAR presents the official match ball of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga for the 2022/23 season
Goch, May 19, 2022
For the first season of the agreement between DERBYSTAR and DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga that was extended from 2022/23 to 2025/26, the sporting goods manufacturer presents the official match ball of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga: The new model of the Bundesliga Brillant APS, whose design was based on the theme of “supporters” this year, will roll across the turf in the 2022/23 season.
The eye-catching design uses multiple colors to represent the diversity of the clubs in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga while highlighting the diversity of supporters at the same time. The silhouettes of supporters with scarves and flags stand for the passion with which supporters fill the stadiums of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga week after week.
Joachim Böhmer, COO of DERBYSTAR, on the new ball design: “During the pandemic, supporters had to do without supporting their club in a stadium for a long time. That’s why we created a special design for our new match ball that highlights supporters and their importance for the Bundesliga. Every stadium has its own dynamic, which is also created by the supporters, their colors and their passion. This ball is a tribute to the supporters and we hope that we will never have to experience ghost games again.”
As with its four predecessors, DERBYSTAR relies on the 32-panel construction, which gives the ball optimal roundness, for the official match ball of the 2022/23 season. In addition to that, the matt surface material made of high-tech PU with a diamond structure guarantees maximum product quality as well as optimal playing characteristics.
Peter Knap, CEO of SELECT Sport Group, which also includes DERBYSTAR, adds: “The extension of the agreement between DFL and DERBYSTAR was a clear sign of the good cooperation between both partners in recent years. We are convinced that we can continue to make this partnership successful and look forward to meeting the highest standards with our new ball, both visually and technically.”
Ansgar Schwenken, member of the DFL Executive Committee and DFL Director of Football Affairs & Supporters, says: “For years, DERBYSTAR’s balls have been convincing with their outstanding product quality, they are a permanent fixture in the stadiums of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. In German professional football, DERBYSTAR match balls enjoy an excellent reputation.”
The high visible variant of the new official match ball that is used in poor visibility also celebrates supporters with the same design, but as usual in neon orange. Instead of the bright color elements, DERBYSTAR relies on the colors yellow, black and gray for this ball. As usual, the new Bundesliga ball collection also includes match, training and leisure balls in the new design. The balls will be available at specialist retailers and DERBYSTAR’s online store starting June 1, 2022.