With a drive toward relevancy and performance on the diverse playing fields that people play football (soccer) around the globe, Nike Football has created the FC247 Collection. Â The collection includes silhouettes that offer functionality on turf, hardwood and the street.
Phil McCartney, VP of Football Footwear forÂ Nike Football describes the demand…
â€œFootball is the biggest sport on the planet. Itâ€™s enjoyed at almost any time and in any place, and in todayâ€™s world that accessibility is vital. As the global population increases, spaces to play 11-a-side are more difficult to come by. Weâ€™ve seen a huge increase in players playing more small-sided games, because itâ€™s that much easier to access.”
To create the collection Nike sought the input of a diverse range of players as McCartney notes,Â “This type of athlete feedback was vital in the design process.Â Fast-tempo matches with limited space demand instinctive touch and control with split-second decision-making â€“ skills that translate to the elite level of the sport. Those feedback sessions had a huge impact on the products we created,â€.
Nike also got feedback from its roster professional footballers.
Â â€œPlaying five-a-side as a kid was a massive part of my development. It improved my control, speed, awareness and vision so much. We still play versions of it in training.â€œ – Wayne Rooney
â€œIf I had more free time, I would like to train more with my colleagues on the futsal team.Â Futsal helps my ball control in tighter spacesâ€.Â -Andres Iniesta.
â€œFor Brasilians, the street is where you learn to play football. You can see it in the way we move, our first touch, our ability to control and move the ball at speedâ€.Â -Neymar
The end result is the creation of theÂ Bomba Finale II for the turf,Â Elastico Finale II for hardwood andÂ Lunar Gato II for the street.Â
The collection is set to release the 28th of March at Nike Football dealers and directly through Nike.com.
Â Elastico Finale II
A dynamic green design marks out theÂ Elastico Finale II, which features 39 percent fewer components and is 22 percent lighter than the previous shoe. The more flexible outsole, designed for hard-court surfaces, features a herringbone and dot design to help maximize traction and improve underfoot ball control. The Elastico Finale II also features a breathable perforated upper and heel, and a redesigned eyestay to optimize comfort and feel.
Â Lunar Gato II
TheÂ Lunar Gato II, launching in a distinctive blue and yellow, is designed for a fast and dynamic game on all surfaces. Featuring 33 percent fewer components than its predecessor, it is also 16 percent lighter. The supple leather used on the upper improves the ball-to-foot feel. The soft leather eliminates a break-in period and the contoured sock liner supplies an anatomical fit.
Fused mesh panels lock down the mid-foot to maximize lateral support and gives the Lunar Gato II a fine balance of lightweight and comfort.
Â Bomba Finale II
TheÂ Bomba Finale II, in a striking orange and black colorway, boasts 27 percent fewer components than its predecessor, creating a softer and more flexible shoe that is also 10 percent lighter than the previous version. Conical studs for quick rotation help aid the rapid turns made in small-sided games while oblong studs help provide excellent traction and stability on the turf.
The Bomba Finale II along with the Elastico Finale II are both equipped with new â€˜NIKESKINâ€™ technology, a polyurethane skin layered over performance mesh, resulting in shoes that are lighter and thinner than their predecessors. Both have a closer, stitch-free fit, and the mesh geometry combines with a seamless vamp to aid closer ball control. In addition, the Nike Bomba Finale II features Nikeâ€™s All Conditions Control (ACC) technology for consistent ball control in dry and wet conditions.