THE ORIGINAL 32 PANEL BALL CONSTRUCTION
Every single football from SELECT is based on the revolution from 1962, where our founder, Eigil Nielsen, invented a ball made of 32 panels. The overriding desire was to create the most reliable ball with the most predictable, straight flight and a bounce neither too high nor too low.
It was impossible to make a perfectly round ball with just 18 panels, which was the standard construction of a ball in the past. With the 32 panels - 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons - SELECT succeeded in creating the roundest ball ever seen.
Later, a group of American scientists won the Nobel Prize for discovering that the molecules of carbon with a special irradiation organize themselves as a complete round ball - something Eigil Nielsen had already discovered and realized in his football with 32 panels, why the reinvention was named “the football molecule”.
A ball with optimum roundness is essential to obtain reliable aerodynamic - a straight flight and a controlled bounce. Our finest football, BRILLANT SUPER, has just been thoroughly tested in a wind tunnel at the Institute of Health & Sports Science at the University in Tsukuba, Japan. The results show that BRILLANT SUPER has a better aerodynamic than other top balls in the market.
The ball’s classic construction with 32 panels means that the ball meets resistance at a later point in its trajectory through the air, thus retaining a steady, high speed over a longer period of time. This provides a stable and more predictable flight – highly valued by all football players.
All of our balls today are still based on Eigil Nielsen’s original invention of the 32 panel ball construction, as we never compromise on quality, playability or durability.
animation of the construction of the ball
3 types of footballs: TB football, HaNDSewn FOotball and DB FOotball
Thermo bonded football – Brillant Super TB
SELECT is constantly striving to create the ultimate football and after years of research and development we are now ready to present BRILLANT SUPER TB. As something completely new for SELECT, the 32 panels are thermo bonded (“TB” in the product name), which means bonded by heat - so there are no stitchings. The football consists of five crucial elements: Surface, bonding, foam, bladder and valve.
Latex bladderUnder the synthetic leather hides the loose natural latex Zero-Wing bladder with built-in balance point in the opposite end of the valve hole. The bladder is made of high performance natural latex. The concept has been developed to ensure that not only the ball but also the bladder is as round as possible. On the outside of the bladder is a newly developed lining made of a 4 mm thick and exclusive foam material. The lining helps to adjust the softness and improves the contact between the ball and the foot.
FoamThe underlying foam is made of a 4 mm thick and exclusive material that gives the ball a softer, lighter and more comfortable touch. Despite the fact that the ball feels lighter, the weight is the same as a traditional football.
PU surfaceThe outer layer of the ball is made of synthetic leather in micro fiber polyurethane (PU) with a light surface structure that minimizes air resistance. The surface of this material consists of lots of PU fibres, which give the football a strong surface with consistent softness.
Double lock valveThe rubber material used in our valves is well known for being airtight and together with the Double Lock system, where the air must pass through two ”gates” to escape, the ball is even more airtight than the requirements demanded by FIFA.
Thermo BondingAs something completely new for SELECT, the 32 panels are thermo bonded. “TB” in the product name stands for “Thermo Bonded”, which means bonded by heat - so there are no stitchings. This means that the ball takes up less water and keeps the original weight better when playing on a wet surface.
Hand-stitched football - Brillant Super
Our classic football, BRILLANT SUPER, has an improved, lively bounce and a light, soft touch. The football consists of five crucial elements: Surface, stitching, foam, bladder and valve.
Zero-Wing bladderThe bladder is made of high performance natural latex. The Zero-Wing concept ensures optimum roundness of both the ball and the bladder. SELECT solely uses latex bladders in our balls with build-in balance point at the opposite side of the valve hole. This, together with the Zero Wing concept, gives a perfectly balanced ball with a very lively bounce.
LiningTo stabilize the ball and to ensure its roundness, the 32 panels are lined with several layers of textile material. The lining helps to adjust the softness, improves the contact between the ball and the foot and helps to keep the ball water resistant. The composition of the materials used in the lining is extremely important and through a great number of tests, we have managed to ensure the optimal combination of linings to guarantee the stability and playing qualities of the ball.
PU SurfaceThe outer layer of the ball is made of synthetic leather in micro fiber polyurethane (PU). The surface of this material consists of lots of PU fibres, which give the football a strong surface with consistent softness.
Double Lock ValveThe rubber material used in our valves is well known for being airtight and together with the Double Lock system, where the air must pass through two ”gates” to escape, the ball is even more airtight than the requirements demanded by FIFA.
Hand-stitchingBRILLANT SUPER is stitched by hand. The 32 panels are sewn together using 630 double stitches and 60 corner stitches and are closed off (especially for SELECT) with a double knot. The ball lasts longer this way.
Dual Bonded football - Blaze DB
BLAZE DB is a newly developed football with dual bonded panels - both stitched and sealed with glue. The football consists of six crucial elements: Bladder, lining, foam, surface, valve and bonding.