CONCACAF taps European-based Select to furnish elite balls for confederation competition

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CONCACAF has chosen Select Sport to become the official supplier of balls for all official Confederation competitions. Select's premier "Brillant Super" ball will first be used in next month's CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Guatemala.

Select Sport "We are pleased to be able to work with a football specialist that brings a 50-year reputation for innovation and excellence to our family of nations," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said. "The ball is the most essential element of our sport and thus even greater care than normal was taken in comparing several sponsorship opportunities."

For Select, which will produce over 1 million hand-stitched balls in 1998, the CONCACAF affiliation is one of dozens of highly visible relationships with some of soccer's most prestigious names; among them Juventus of Italy and the national teams of Denmark and Norway.

Select will customize its familiar geometric ball design to incorporate CONCACAF's logo and yellow and black colors on the "Brillant Super" ball. The company will also make available a CONCACAF replica ball for retail sales.

"We view the CONCACAF relationship as critically important in building an image that links our brand with the highest level of soccer in the hemisphere," said Jeff Solem, Select's VP, Business Development, The Americas. "We are confident CONCACAF will one day produce a men's world champion and many more women's World Cup champions. We are eager for Select to become a part of the development of world class players and teams in our region." For more information about Select please contact: Jeff Duback at (978) 356-6000.