Official NIFL 2018/19 Match Ball Launch

Be Your Own Hero

uhlsport, in association with the Northern Ireland Football League, is pleased to announce the new match ball for the upcoming 2018/19 season.

The tessellation design is completely unique to the Northern Ireland Football League and will make its debut during tomorrow’s UEFA Europa League Qualifier between Molde and Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

The ball design has been very much inspired by the history, heritage and folklore of Northern Ireland and, in particular, The Giants Causeway and Finn McCool.

Marc Reed, UK Marketing and Communications Manager for uhlsport commented:
With heroes in mind, we want to inspire Northern Ireland’s footballing public to be their own hero."
Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of NI Football League:
It’s a unique story and design this season, we can’t wait to see the ball in action”.

Marc Reed concluded:

We at uhlsport are committed to giving a totally bespoke brand experience for all our partners and creating products that resonates with our audience and the new NI Football League ball is a prime example of this”.

The new match ball will be used in all Danske Bank Premiership, Bluefin Sport Championship and Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League matches as well as the BetMcLean League Cup next season as part of the partnership which has seen uhlsport provide the official match balls for the NI Football League since 2016.


• The artwork shape signifies a bridge just like in the Finn McCool story.
• The hexagon tessellation pattern is reminiscent of the shaping of the Causeway stones.
• The parallel tessellations represent the two teams taking to the field.