Select Sport

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Select Sport
Private limited company
Industrysports equipment
FounderEigil Nielsen
Key people
Peter Knap (CEO), Preben Kønig (Chairman)

Select Sport A.S. is a Danish sports equipment manufacturer based in Glostrup, Denmark.

As of 2008, Select provides the Danish Football Association with footballs, and also several clubs in the Danish, Belgian and Russian top football leagues use Select balls.

Select balls are used in the Olympic handball games, as well as in the World Championship and in the Danish, Swedish and Spanish men's handball leagues, among others.

The company's U.S. subsidiary, Select Sport America, has contracts to supply soccer balls for the United Soccer Leagues,[1] National Premier Soccer League,[2] NAIA, several NCAA Division II and Division III conferences, and state high school federations in Kentucky and Wisconsin.[3]


It was founded in 1947 by Eigil Nielsen,[4] the former goalkeeper of the Danish national football team.

In the late 1950s or early 1960s, Select manufactured and marketed the first 32-panel soccer ball.[5][6] Based loosely on the geodesic dome designs of R. Buckminster Fuller,[6] it consisted of 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons. The 32 panel configuration became the world standard for several decades. Select was also the first manufacturer of footballs without exterior lacing.[7]


Select Sport is the official supplier and sponsor of numerous association football teams, players and associations, including:


National teams[edit]


Select is official ball supplier for the following football leagues/associations:

Club teams[edit]


National teams[edit]

Club teams[edit]

Deaf Futsal[edit]

Club teams[edit]


  1. ^ "United Soccer Leagues Announces New Partnership with Select". United Soccer League (USL). December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Select Named Official Match Ball Sponsor of the NPSL". National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sponsor". Select Sport America. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  4. ^ SELECT - The origin Archived 2012-08-09 at the Wayback Machine., (in Danish), retrieved June 10, 2012
  5. ^ "SELECT Since 1947". SELECT. Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  6. ^ a b The history of the soccer ball, (in English), retrieved May 29, 2008
  7. ^ About SELECT Archived 2008-06-02 at the Wayback Machine., (in Danish), retrieved May 27, 2008

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