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NIVIA becomes the Official Ball Partner for the Hero Indian Super League

NIVIA Ashtang, the offical match ball of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). (Photo courtesy: NIVIA)

NIVIA – the leading Indian sports manufacturing brand has signed a multi-year agreement with Football Sports Development Ltd., to be the official ball partner of the Hero Indian Super League starting season 2018/19.

With the three-year multi crore deal, NIVIA will supply the official match balls NIVIA ‘Ashtang’ to the League and the ten clubs throughout the season.

FIFA Pro category NIVIA Ashtang

NIVIA Ashtang is a FIFA Pro category approved ball which is the highest quality certification that FIFA can grant on the quality of the ball. The ball has to pass stringent quality parameters in achieving proper bounce, water absorption, roundness, with the final trials occurring at FIFA designated laboratory in Switzerland to get this certification, and to be eligible to be used at the highest level of international matches. This certification is testament to the strictest manufacturing standard upheld at NIVIA.

The iconic Indian sports brand has been associated with the League through individual club deals as kit partners with ATK, Jamshedpur FC and Shillong Lajong (I-League). NIVIA, since its early days has been closely associated with the grassroots development of football in India and has become an integral part of the glorious history of Santosh Trophy since 1970s.

Rajesh Kharabanda, NIVIA, Managing Director commented, „We are elated to be associated with ISL as the official ball partner. The FIFA Pro categorised Ashtang balls are the newest edition in our professional football product stable and we are confident of upping the game in the highly competitive League environment.

“The association of NIVIA with the ISL is a constructive partnership aimed towards cultivating a strong system of developing football in India and maturing it to International level, a trend that is evident from the performance of U-20 and U-16 Indian teams recently. I would like to thank Inventive Sports for recognising the synergies and facilitating this association.“

Indian Super League spokesperson said, “We are delighted to introduce FIFA Pro certified match balls Nivia Ashtang for Hero Indian Super League. Ashtang has been produced by Nivia with the highest standards and newest technology to maximise performance.”

NIVIA Ashtang Story

In Sanskrit ‘Asht’ means eight and ‘ang’ means parts – all integrated together to produce maximal results. The ancient Indian practice of Yoga also borrows from this knowledge and offers Ashtang yoga that literally means „eight-limbed yoga,“ where each limb signifies the following:

Yama [moral codes], Niyama [self-purification and study], Asana [posture], Pranayama [breath control], Pratyahara [sense control], Dharana [concentration], Dhyana [meditation], and Samadhi [absorption into the Universal].

This knowledge is applied to design the Ashtang ball to integrate all the factors of 1.Power, 2. Speed, 3. Accuracy, 4. Control, 5. Stability, 6. Feel, 7. Cost, and 8.Playability to get maximum efficiency from every shot.

The colour Blue in the ball signifies the sky and its universal appeal, Orange is the colour of joy usually associated with sports, Silver is associated with high-technology and modernity and Black signifies the elegance and strength associated with the product. The White base colour is the universal colour of peace and goodwill.

Construction of the Ball

This Made in India ball is unique in many ways. Instead of conventional 32 Panel this football is made using just 8 Panels thus reducing the seam length by 23%.

• The reduced seam length reduces the friction during the flight, which improves aerodynamics to maintain true flight path. The player can shoot more accurately and precisely.
• The lesser number of seams offer lesser space for water uptake thus it helps the ball to maintain its weight in the wettest of the conditions.
• Less number of panels improve the consistency of movement thus gives better control.
• Eight panels, instead of 32, offer much larger sweet spot to the players heading the ball.

NIVIA has been the official ball of major national and international events for last five decades.

(Indian Super League)