It's Official: New WPS Match Ball For 2010

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2010

After spending the last few days rolling around Philly and hanging out at the Italian market , Pats and Genos Steaks and who knows elsewhere, our spherical little friend finally found its way to the Philadelphia Convention center Thursday night, just in time for its big moment.

It was here at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, where WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci introduced the new WPS Official Match Ball as PUMA athlete and Los Angeles Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made her “first save” on the new ball, snaring a practice shot on one of the clinic fields at the  Convention Center.

After securing the ball’s “first save”, Leblanc walked over and presented PUMA’s WPS PWR-C 1.10, the Official Match Ball of the 2010 WPS Season, to Commissioner Antonucci.

The WPS PWR-C 1.10 features a unique 20-panel construction developed with the aim of improving both shooting speed and flight distance. The ball is abrasion-resistant and water-repellent and, for the first time in PUMA’s history, high-frequency molded instead of hand-stitched, providing improved stability of form and less water uptake.  

The ball comes with a two-year shape guarantee and features a new take on the jasmine green colorway first seen in the WPS Official Match Ball developed for the league’s inaugural year. The WPS PWR-C 1.10 will be showcased on-field throughout the 2010 WPS season and will be used for the first time in a regular season game when the Washington Freedom kick off against the Boston Breakers on Saturday, April 10 at the Maryland SoccerPlex.