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The ball of choice for the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A

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Nike have presented the new football that the Premier League, Liga and Serie A will use from next season, featuring a new visual design.

Decorated in orange and turquoise, the new ball for 2013-14 has been named the Nike Incyte by its manufacturers.

Nike had this to say about their new ball: "This coming season, the Barclays Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain and Serie A in Italy — as well as the Brasilian league — will play with the new Nike Incyte Ball, the latest in football technology.

"Continuing the tradition of making the most technologically advanced footballs in the game, the Nike Incyte ball features performance innovations that increase reaction, touch and ball flight: Nike RaDaR (Rapid Decision and Response) technology maximizes the ball’s visibility allowing players to see the ball earlier and react faster.

"Five-layer construction optimizes the feel of that all-important first touch, allowing the athlete to bring the ball under control quickly and with ease.

"A high-elasticity layer on the surface allows for a cleaner strike and helps the ball travel with more speed. The micro-textured casing also delivers a more accurate ball trajectory than seen before.Players in some of the toughest leagues in the world will begin using the Nike Inctye ball in matches beginning July 1 and also available to buy from July 1.

"Promising ‘better vision and more powerful strikes’, the ball is described as having ‘micro-textured casing for improved ball handing’ and ‘depth-enhanced performance graphics to help catch peripheral vision and engage central vision quickly."

The ball is also presented as having a finer geometric precision for even distribution of pressure, to enable ‘consistent, accurate and powerful strikes’, and a ‘perfect sphericity for faster, further and more accurate ball flight’.

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