Molten Corporation (headquarters: Hiroshima, Japan; president & CEO: Kiyo Tamiaki), a manufacturer of competition-quality sports balls and equipment, will supply the official match ball designed exclusively for the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League group stage to be held in Europe from September 20 to December 13, 2018. This is per the agreement between Molten and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and will be the first official match ball provided by Molten for the UEFA Europa League. The official match ball and replica model will be available for purchase in selected markets from the middle of July 2018.
The official match ball was adapted from Molten’s flagship football model, the Vantaggio 5000. Molten’s unique thermal bonding technology enhances shape retention and minimizes water absorption, resulting in an exceptional performance regardless of conditions. The dimples on the surface reduce turbulence around the ball while it is in flight, optimizing ball control. Giving special consideration to UEFA’s brand, Molten created an exclusive design for the competition’s official match ball.
Molten will continue to develop and supply football products of outstanding function and design to every level of player, and work to fulfill the brand promise, “For the real game.”