SoccerBible Regulars
Connect with SB

Follow Us


Popular Tags
UK Freeview TV

Football News > SoccerBible Debate - Has ball technology gone too far? - 06/11/09


Footballs today are a multimillion-pound industry, with manufacturers the world over striving to create the perfect ball. But when does ball technology go too far to helping the players score, and do you have pity on the goalkeepers, we want to know your opinion on ball technology?

Fans like nothing better than a spectacularly swerving goal (if it's your team that's scoring!), and experts insist that these will become commonplace as ball technology advances, with manufacturers creating faster and more perfectly spherical balls.

We can see how players are benefitting from ball technology, through the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Beckham is the “King of Curve” and can curl the ball as though it were on elastic, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo relies more on the dip-and-swirl

method. Taking two or three paces back at a free kick, Ronaldo unleashes a ball that will wobble and deceive even the most agile and experienced goalkeeper.

The technology used in the making of footballs has advanced to such an extent, that we are seeing spectacular shots and goals in almost every game. An example of which was Liverpool full-back Emiliano Insua's goal against Arsenal, a swerving volley that rose above the height of the goal before dipping sharply into the net!

Development director with Mitre, Duncan Anderson, who supplied the ball for the Arsenal Liverpool League Cup match commented: “Insua’s shot was preceded with a pinpoint pass, controlled layoff and an ideal bounce, with the ball falling on to the boot and then struck by a master.

“It was struck with power on the outside of the foot to give side-spin to make the ball bend left, below the centre of gravity to make the ball rise and, finally, with top spin to make it dip as it approached the goal. With 25 years developing balls, I still get a huge kick out of seeing a perfect strike make a great goal.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger quipped about ball technology, that “You always know when the designer has done a good job because the goalkeepers are complaining!" So here are the three culprits...

T90 Ascente

Used in the Premier League, Serie A and Primera Division. The Ascente ball travels 2.4% faster and 0.5m further than previous incarnations, made possible by a micro-texture casing.
Finale 9

Used in the Champions League. Ball texture, panel configuration and thermal bonding deliver optimal flight trajectory.


Used in the football league, League Cup and Scottish Premier Division. The micro-fibre outer, textured grain surface and Mitre cincap lining system deliver power and speed.

CAMERON JEROME (Birmingham City forward) - “If you hit the ball at a certain pace, it has a lot of movement and the change of direction and velocity at which it flies through the air can really aid a striker. If you really strike through the ball, it flies, and that can only be good for us front men.”  

MARCUS HAHNEMANN (Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper) - “Some balls are more predictable than others, that’s the ones you want. Some are terrible like plastic balls on the beach, you know, those that you kick one way and they go the other. With some balls, at corners, I can’t come for them because I just don’t know where they’re going.”


Article inspired by The Times original story



balarooney said:

In fact, no. Ball technology is a real blessing for outfield players but a blessing in disguise for keepers. Today, they are more accurate than ever and that's what players want. Now, it's up to the goal keepers to train with those balls to be able to predict its movement.

November 6, 2009 11:10 AM

balarooney said:

In my opinion, the Adidas Finale 9 is the one which provides the best performance on the field. I have played with it for prolonged periods and i can tell you that it is light despite being firm and it goes whever you want it to. But the best thing about it is that it sticks to you feet in almost all circumstances.

November 6, 2009 11:13 AM

Constan 22 said:

I think the amount of bobble with the new balls is hypocritical when the companies are claiming that they fly "truer and more accurate". A true flight of a sphere does not bobble, other than that, balls have become better than ever.

I'm not saying I don't like the bobble in the balls, in fact it helps me fool a lot of keepers, but companies shouldn't label it as having a truer flight when this isn't the case.

November 6, 2009 11:19 AM

predator_x said:

i think its good if the ball dips abit  with the ball technolgy it keeps keepers on there toes  cause the game has changed now its alot quicker then it used 2  

November 6, 2009 11:41 AM

macca14 said:

its entertainment at the end of the day!! more swerve, more dip, MORE GOALS

November 6, 2009 1:13 PM

jakecloudy said:

The better the ball the better the game, just as long as it doesn't reflect the same way it did when Everton played Benefica this morning, the ball was just.. too good, the players didn't handle it well and it travelled to fast for through balls for the strikers to catch

November 6, 2009 1:34 PM

nicoacademia said:

I have always felt that Nike balls remain true to what a ball should feel like. They have never deviated from that round and solid feel.

The culprit I am talking about is Adidas. The germans have gone looney on technology ever since the Tricolore Ball in France 98. That's a damn beach ball for you. And that has continued ever since then. They're busy calculating reducing energy loss, until it loses the effect of a real ball.

You know that rolling feeling you first got with it at your feet when you were a kid just starting out.

Nike has maintained it since the Geo series.

Mitre's balls have been good too, I would say inbetween Adidas and Nike. Though it does get affected more by the weather elements. Do remember that before Nike was the sponsor, it was Mitre who was the main ball sponser for Premier League, and those balls were good too and still are.

Adidas should just stick to improving their boots and stay away from balls.

November 6, 2009 4:47 PM

RedDevilCR7 said:

no, its good for the game. as a striker myself, i love these footballsa dn keepers can get better by developing themselves and adapting to the game and balls, but some shots are unstoppable, and i love it =D

November 6, 2009 6:15 PM

soccer11 said:

the game is to much about technology...and thats not what it should be. WHO AGREES?

November 6, 2009 8:12 PM

jamesy94 said:

im for becuase goalkeepers cant just blaim the ball, i say its an oppertunity for goalkeepers to prove their worth and younger keepers to make a name for themselves

November 6, 2009 8:46 PM

Dempsey_8_23 said:

well i think balls should be taken back a decade....butt!! think about this.. everyone on the pitch has to play with the same ball so there is no advantage for anyone, both keepers have to keep the same ball out, and stikers strike the same ball, no advandtage, so the only people who really benefit are fans who like to see high scoring games with wonderstrikes... any one else agree?

November 6, 2009 10:18 PM



T90 Ascente kills it all

November 6, 2009 11:46 PM

gregb11 said:

ball technology hasnt gone too far but it will soon! just like football boots and officials have

November 7, 2009 12:32 AM

koukix1 said:

some of the balls are insane, some crazy dips and swerves.

November 7, 2009 2:23 AM

Danio19 said:


November 7, 2009 8:46 AM

DamooVilla said:

Yeah Dempsey_8_23 i agree well sed

November 7, 2009 7:31 PM

Steven4vapor said:

players love the newer balls because of their new design and the way they can strike them. but goalies hate the m because of the random dips they can take.

November 7, 2009 9:20 PM

RONALDO9 said:

its gone a bit  far but the balls feel good

November 7, 2009 9:31 PM

haydenflys said:

obviously it's impossible to stop innovation. so if people do not like the feel of the new balls they are lacking options. like Dempsey_8_23 said players must learn to cope with the innovations being made because their is equality among players since there using the same ball. stop complaining, train harder :)

November 7, 2009 9:38 PM

CR9_RealMadrid said:

i think its not, and i dont see why goalkeepers are complaining, the worlds best keepers like cassias, petr cech and more are making amazing saves with the high tech footballs, and with the better balls nowa days the keepers are improving because of the power and the swerve in the ball, agree?

November 7, 2009 9:55 PM

football not soccer said:

i totally agree with soccer11

just think about this for a second: do you think Cristiano Ronaldo would be able to put the same kind of dip and swerve onto his shot if he used the same ball that Roberto Carlos did?

November 8, 2009 10:37 AM

Mr.Yao said:

actually DB was not benifited by the BALLS TECHNOLOGY because his goal is always from his free kick skill.

November 8, 2009 2:18 PM

Mr.Yao said:

I think technology is serving the football player and us, they can use the ball to kick a amazing goal and we can watch them and enjoy the goal

why not?

November 8, 2009 2:19 PM

ibra9fan said:

players shouldnt worry about the balls technology. they should just know how the ball flys. Nike is the best

November 8, 2009 6:55 PM

holland said:

goalkeepers only complain because it makes them look bad when they get scored on by dipping goals! however, you don't hear wingers or other players complaining when they deal with the same ball with long balls and high crosses etc.! like they don't say i'm offside because i can't read the flight of the ball

November 8, 2009 7:10 PM

Brusco said:

i bet that nike ball would be amazing to kick 360 sweet spot ? thats gangst

November 9, 2009 12:09 AM

LADA said:

I think its just the inevitable evolution of sport not just football but all modern sports have somewhat benefitted from technology

November 10, 2009 12:27 AM

drunktacitoschips said:

wow!dicussing about soccerballs

November 10, 2009 5:27 AM

SkinAldo said:

a balls a ball

November 11, 2009 7:21 PM

Danny-r said:

People don't understand goalkeeping unless you are a goalkeeper, it's not just getting used to a certain ball it's uprooting all your instincts. A reaction to a shot is in a keepers instinct and if they have been playing for years imagine how hard it is to change that split second decision. It's the same reason Reina got fooled by the beach ball, it's a split second decision and that interupted this. Reina is a world class keeper and even he wasn't able to change his split second reaction.


1. Keepers will become super-human robots

2. All keepers will become what would of been the best keepers around today

Goalkeepers are the minority so will always be overlooked, but there is only so much a keeper can do and if this carries on profressioan football will be like a free-scoring sunday league U14's game, where the score is in double figures

January 3, 2010 4:13 AM

VillA 4LiFe said:

good for players not so much goalkeepers lol.

March 16, 2010 1:47 AM

100preChivas said:

jabulani sucked *** in WC\

November 19, 2010 11:03 PM
Related Posts
Never Miss Out
Sponsored Ads
One Life. One Game. The SoccerBible.
Copyright © 2014 SoccerBible Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the SoccerBible Privacy Policy.