Balls of the Evergreen Premier League: Nike, adidas, Joma, Vizari

Last-minute talks to establish an “official ball” of the EPLWA fell short for this season. This has allowed the clubs a chance to pick their own brand for home matches around the state of Washington.

Depending on where you are in the EPLWA you’ll need to adapt to the feel and play of the local club’s home match ball.

In regards to match balls, league rules state:

“The home club will provide at least three match-quality soccer balls, with the FIFA APPROVED, FIFA INSPECTED or IMS logo or designed and manufactured in accordance with FIFA specifications. It is the responsibility of the home club to provide proof that their match balls meet the above requirements when it is called into question by a match referee, visiting team or league officer.”

The Spokane Shadow and South Sound FC use the bright yellow Nike Hi-Vis. Both clubs also wear Nike kits. Seattle Stars FC also use a Nike ball for home matches. Their model is the Club Team ball with the famous gold circular band.

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Spokane, South Sound and Seattle all use Nike home match balls.
Spokane, South Sound and Seattle all use Nike home match balls.

Bellingham United, Yakima United and WestSound play with adidas balls at home. Bellingham uses the adidas Finale with the distinctive star pattern. Yakima United FC uses 2012 Prime MLS. WestSound uses the Tango 12.

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Bellingham, Yakima and WestSound use adidas balls for home matches.
Bellingham, Yakima and WestSound use adidas balls for home matches.

Two clubs have reached outside of the bigger brands. Wenatchee United plays at home with Joma, while Vancouver Victory uses Vizari.

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Wenatchee uses Joma at home while Vancouver plays with Vizari.
Wenatchee uses Joma at home while Vancouver plays with Vizari.

Players and especially goalkeepers have plenty to adjust to as they travel around the EPLWA grounds. There is the surface, the field dimensions, the feel of the 18 yard box, different posts and crossbars…but also these different balls. They all have their own touch, movement, weight, feel, response, surface and playing attributes.

If you were picking an official match ball for the 2015 EPLWA season, what would you choose? Vote in the poll below! This page might be helpful, too!

The following partners and sponsors are crucial to growing the Evergreen Premier League. Please visit their websites! Want to connect with the EPLWA or one of our clubs? Contact us at: EPLWA2014@gmail.com.

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OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER

www.goalWA.net

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OFFICIAL SOCCER SCARVES PARTNER

www.RuffneckScarves.com 

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OFFICIAL GOALKEEPER GEAR PARTNER

www.WestCoastGoalkeeping.com

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OFFICIAL TRAINING GEAR PARTNER

www.CodeFourAthletics.com

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OFFICIAL GRAPHIC DESIGN PARTNER 

www.VikingDesignStudio.com

goalazo-natsportsfuelOFFICIAL NATURAL SPORTS FUEL PARTNER

www.VivaGolazo.com

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