No More Nike - FA Announces Mitre Ball Deal
The English Football Association yesterday announced a three-year deal with Mitre. The agreement will see the English company become the official football supplier across all FA Competitions from the start of the 2018-19 season. Mitre replaces previous partner Nike.
The partnership – due to run through to 2020 – will see Mitre Delta Max balls used across The Emirates FA Cup, The SSE Women’s FA Cup, The FA Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship, The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase. The balls will display the respective competition logo, with The Emirates FA Cup and The SSE Women’s FA Cup balls each receiving a creative, bespoke new design.
Mitre To Supply Ball For Chelsea vs Manchester City FA Community Shield Match
Nike previously supplied the balls for FA competitions such as the FA Cup.
The first Mitre ball will be used at The FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Manchester City on Sunday 5 August.
Mark Bullingham, The FA Group Commercial and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted to announce this exciting new partnership with Mitre. We seek to maintain the highest of standards across all of our competitions, and it is fitting that we have chosen a manufacturer with a history of excellence as our official football supplier for the next three seasons. We look forward to unveiling the first new ball at the Community Shield and to working closely with Mitre to ensure our partnership reaches its full potential.”
Sean Kavanagh, Director of Global Sports Marketing & Sponsorship at Mitre, added: “Mitre is a leading football brand worldwide and like The FA, we’re proud of our heritage. We’re excited to announce our new partnership across all FA competitions and are passionate about the game at all levels. Mitre continues to lead the way in football development as we are obsessed with everything related to ball technology. We’re delighted to be an Official Ball Supplier of The FA, which includes prestigious competitions such as The Emirates FA Cup.”
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