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UK youth league selects Molten

The Parker Steel East Kent Youth Football League, one of the biggest youth leagues in the UK, has selected the revolutionary Molten ACENTEC Vantaggio football as its official match ball for the forthcoming season. The Molten football was voted the league’s official match ball for its 15-19-year-old age group at its recent annual general meeting and is to be used in all league matches.

Approved by FIFA, the ACENTEC Vantaggio is manufactured using a new, patented, cross-fusion bonding technique that dispenses with traditional hand-stitching methods. The result is a rounder ball, which makes for more accurate passing and shooting and, unlike its competitors’ balls, which are made using the traditional hand-stitching methods, the ACENTEC Vantaggio does not increase in weight in wet weather conditions.

In addition, league members have also agreed that the 6-14 year age group are to play with the newly developed, and widely acclaimed Molten FVA-571 football. The FVA-571 is a great ball for younger players. With its special layer of EVA foam under the skin of the ball, it is much softer than other footballs, giving younger players greater confidence when heading the ball, as well as helping to reduce the possibility of injuries.

The Parker Steel East Kent Youth Football League, established in 1975, now operates over 365 teams throughout Kent across all age groups, playing a total of over 6,000 games per season.

Says Bob Hope, chairman of Molten Sports: “This is good news for the Molten brand and also further recognition of the high quality of Molten footballs. I am convinced that the youth of Kent will be delighted with both balls’ performance. The Parker Steel East Kent Youth Football League is following in the footsteps of the Kent Football League, Canterbury City FC and the Kent Schools Football Association in choosing two excellent balls with which to play.”

Les Barleycorn, chairman of the Parker Steel East Kent Youth Football League, comments: “I am delighted that our members have chosen to go with the Molten balls. Both balls are tremendous to play with and I think our players are going to enjoy competing with them.”

Molten footballs are available via Kent Soccer Company, which is servicing the Parker Steel East Kent Youth Football League on behalf of Molten Sports. For more information call 01227 732000, email or visit

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