The Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA recently donated a number of Adidas Tango 12 Footballs (The official match association football of the UEFA Euro 2012) to the Kata Group Youth Football Academy, part of the Phuket FC youth team.
The ball is named for the original and successful Adidas Tango family of footballs, but the Tango 12 and its variations have a completely new design. The Adidas Tango 12 features a modern interpretation of the design including a coloured outline inspired by the flags of the two host nations – Poland and Ukraine. Complementing the design, the adidas Tango 12 features a series of triangular panels that are thermally bonded together to ensure a true, stable flight path. Covering each panel of the ball is a grip texture which supports boot to ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface of the ball lies a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.
Variations of the ball have been used in other contemporary competitions including the African Cup of Nations and the Summer Olympics.
Coach of Kata Group Football Academy – Khun Sutha Jantra said “Playing football is a good way to keep kids away from trouble and drugs, and it also help them become strong and healthy. The Kata Group Youth Football Academy offers coaching for football basics to children aged between 6-10 years. However, when they advance they will also benefit from other health matters and personal skills such as creating muscle strength and adapting to playing in a team, which will be of great benefit to young people in the future. We are now able to regularly send a team to participate in national competitions, and we hope to get the attention of more young people and parents so that we can increase the number of participants in our soccer training program.”