Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Introduces New Official Match Ball For 2015 NCAA® Soccer Championships

Revolutionary 20-Panel Ball Design Allows for More Controlled, Precise Striking Ability

CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2015-- Wilson Sporting Goods Co., today announced the launch of the new Wilson Forte™ FYbrid™ II, the Official Match Ball of the 2015 NCAA® Soccer Championships. This revolutionary ball combines innovative technologies, design, construction, engineering and materials for superior aerodynamic stability and control, providing optimal performance.

This latest soccer ball line from Wilson includes an unparalleled 20-panel ball design with optimized geometric contact zones for more controlled, precise strikes with predictable ball flight. FYbrid™ Fused Technology offers minimized moisture absorption for extended durability, while its elastomeric-carbon (HPE) bladder ensures a balanced, round shape with explosive rebound acceleration.

"To develop the Forte FYbrid, we closely studied athlete performance and how fast and dynamic the game of soccer is today. We knew players and coaches were hungry for the kind of attributes this ball delivers," said Mike Kuehne, General Manager, Inflates."We worked with the NCAA as well as our coaching Advisory Staff team as we developed this line. The result is a ball that we feel will really enhance overall match play."

"Wilson has been a long-standing partner in furthering soccer equipment technologies that enhance performance during practice and in the match," said Keith Martin, NCAA managing director of championships and alliances. "Their work with our colleges and universities shows their commitment to excellence and to our coaches and student-athletes."

The Wilson Advisory Staff, compiled of top-tier coaches from across the country, also conducted thorough field-testing of the Forte FYbrid line to ensure the ball not only met the requirements of the NCAA, but also received a stamp of approval from collegiate players. The ball has been approved by NCAA, FIFA and NFHS. The Forte FYbrid is currently adopted by 24 NCAA and 23 high school conferences throughout the country.

The Wilson Forte FYbrid II will be offered in two colors, white and neon orange – both approved for NCAA play. It will be available for purchase this spring at major sporting goods retailers, soccer specialty accounts and on www.wilson.com.

As the Official Match Ball of the 2015 NCAA Soccer Championships, the Wilson Forte™ FYbrid™ II, will be the ball on field for:

2015 Women's College Cup, December 4 – 6 WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, NC
2015 Men's College Cup, December 11 – 13 Sporting Park Kansas City, MO


Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports, is the world's leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

Forte™ FYbrid™ is a trademark of Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
NCAA® is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

SOURCE Wilson Sporting Goods Co. through PRNewswire by press release ©

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