Decathlon’s football brand Kipsta has signed a three-year licensing deal with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Europe’s football-governing body, coming on board as the Official Match Ball Supplier of the UEFA Europa League (UEL) and UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) until 2027.
Kipsta also provides the official match balls for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in France and the Pro League in Belgium.
By becoming UEFA’s Official Match Ball Supplier for UEL and UECL from 2024, Kipsta will be replacing Japanese sportswear and sports equipment group Molten.
The UEFA Champions League (UCL) match balls are currently supplied by Adidas.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director, UEFA, commented:
“We are thrilled to announce Kipsta as the official match ball supplier for the first time as we join forces with a brand that shares our passion for innovation, quality and the love of the game. Kipsta’s experience in providing top-quality balls and commitment to the sport will be tremendous assets as the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League enter into new eras.“
Fabien Brosse, Chief Products and Sports Officer, Decathlon, added:
“UEFA’s decision recognises Kipsta’s expertise and ability to offer a high-level technical product that meets the highest standards. It also reinforces the commitment of the Kipsta teams to the practice of football, whether amateur or professional, throughout the world.“