Kuala Lumpur: Following the unveiling of the Official Match Ball for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 earlier this year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today revealed the Official Match Ball designs for the rest of AFC’s 2019 national and club events.
These include the AFC Champions League 2019, AFC Cup, AFC Beach Soccer Championship, AFC Futsal events, and all other AFC matches.
Specially designed by Molten Corporation – AFC’s Official Match Ball supplier – the 2019 balls sport a new look adapted from Molten’s flagship model, the Vantaggio 5000. The balls will be also available for purchase by football fans across Asia.
As the exclusive distributor and manufacturer of Adidas balls in Japan, Molten will also be providing Adidas-branded balls for all AFC Champions League matches.
The first match featuring the Molten balls will kick off on January 5, 2019 when hosts United Arab Emirates take on Bahrain in the opening match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 – an event with a reach of more than two billion people globally.
Setting the stage for a highly-anticipated 2019 season, the AFC Champions League Final 2018 ended on a high earlier this month by breaking the attendance record for the second consecutive year, with 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran for the second-leg between the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis and Kashima Antlers from Japan.