Copa America Centenario is this year’s greatest soccer competition in America.
For great competitions we need the best match balls, right?
Introducing the Nike Ordem Ciento:
It’s the official Copa America Ball in 2016’s edition of the oldest Association Football tournament on the Planet.
In this post, we’ll be reviewing the Nike Ordem Ciento official match ball, analyzing its pros and cons and taking a look closer at Nike’s latest production in soccer balls.
We will be also talking a bit about Copa America Centenario along the way.
My Verdict: TOTALLY RECOMMENDED
As you’ll be able to understand after reading through this review here, the Nike Ordem Ciento is a totally recommended choice. It excels in every aspect that matters: build quality, durability, performance, responsiveness and feel. A high quality top-end ball all around.
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Copa America Centenario
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Copa America.
It is the oldest and longest going international football tournament in the history of soccer.
Born in 1916, the tournament has always been played in South America featuring local national teams and some guest nations from other regions of the American continent.
The 2016 edition of the competition brings in some novelties; for the first time matches will be played outside South America and taken to the United States.
Ten cities in the U.S. will host the games where an expanded number of contenders (16 teams) will do their best to win the legendary trophy.
Copa America Ball 2016
The Centenario edition of Copa America surely deserves a high quality, top notch official match ball.
Nike was in charge of manufacturing such a marvel:
A football that could make it to the best soccer ball list.
Andrea Perez, General Manager of Nike Soccer North America, said how excited they were to be creating the official ball for the Copa America Centenario and explained how they tried to bring the brand’s innovation to the conception of the ball to help make the competition an “incredible spectacle”.
That’s when the Nike Ordem Ciento was introduced.
Nike Ordem Ciento Review
The Nike Ordem Ciento was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Copa America competition.
“Ciento” is “hundred” in Spanish and it refers to the “Centenario” (Centenary) edition of the tournament.
On its surface, you can see the Copa America logo in gold:
One side says 1916, the other side says 2016.
How Does the Nike Ordem Ciento Look?
It’s a typical Nike Ordem ball except it features different graphics, mostly.
This is the same ball being used in the World’s best soccer leagues, more specifically in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A domestic leagues.
It has a white base, black outlining with a silver stroke for the pentagon shaped panels and it reads “Ordem Ciento” in one of those black outlines.
You can see the AEROWTRAC branding on another of the pentagon panels.
It also features a red brush stroke flowing around the surface of the ball like it was hand painted and it has gold accents along the red area and on the logo.
You can see the Nike swoosh logo in black with silver outline and inner stripes.
Finally, there’s — obviously — the FIFA Approved badge meaning this football has passed FIFA’s highly-demanding quality tests.
Nike’s RaDar Technology
The Ordem Ciento’s look is actually part of Nike’s RaDaR (Rapid Decision and Response) technology.
Its graphic pattern creates a flickering effect when the ball is rotating which makes it easier for a player to see it through his / her peripheral vision. This allows for faster reaction times and improved decision-making.
What Kind of Panels Does the Nike Ordem Ciento Have?
This ball has 12 Fuse-Welded pentagon shaped panels.
They’re clearly noticeable considering they are the ones that have those big black outlines.
One might think there are a lot of smaller panels on the ball, but…
If you look closely, you’ll that those seemingly smaller panels inside aren’t actual panels.
They actually don’t go to the full edge.
That’s part of what Nike calls the AEROWTRAC technology.
What Is Nike’s AEROWTRAC Technology?
The AEROWTRAC technology — Nike Soccer’s latest proprietary innovation — consists of several grooves that were engineered to grip and to allow for more even airflow across the surface of the ball so that it could produce a truer trajectory and a more consistent and predictable flight pattern.
What does it mean?
It means that there won’t be any unexpected excessive movement or bubbling, because the ball will actually go where you intend it to go.
Passing, shooting, heading or curling will be more effective and will bring more accurate results because this football tends to be really predictable.
See It In Action
If you want to have a better feel of all the innovation, technology and construction process behind this soccer ball, watch this short video. You’ll also be able see the Nike Ordem in action:
What Does It Feel Like?
The Nike Ordem Ciento is designed for a highly sensitive feel and engineered for an explosive response off the foot.
It consists of a 3-layer casing system featuring 12 fuse-welded panels (i.e.: there’s no stitching involved) with really no hard spots.
Inside there’s a poly-blend wrapped, free-floating carbon latex bladder.
A very consistent and firmer feel regardless of what it is you want to do with it; be it juggling, shooting, heading or passing.
It doesn’t feel too soft and it’s one of the heavier match balls, but not excessively heavy.
Is the Nike Ordem Ciento Worth Its Price?
High-end soccer balls such as the Nike Ordem Ciento — which is, mind you, the official match ball for the Copa America Centenario — aren’t cheap.
Now… you’re probably asking yourself:
«Is it really worth that price?»
It really is up to you do decide. The answer actually lies in you and how you’re planning to be using this football.
Premium balls — independently of their brand — really are the best of the best concerning how well they are constructed.
There is nothing better regarding build quality, durability, performance, responsiveness, trajectory predictability and feel.
A properly inflated official match ball is beyond comparison if you’re talking about those cheap $20 soccer balls you can buy just to kick around and have fun.
It feels amazingly and if you have ever used one you’d know it. It radically alters both your perspective on how a football should feel and your preferences on how to choose the best soccer balls.
There’s a HUGE difference…
… between premium top-end soccer balls and cheap soccer balls.
If you aim at nothing but the best and want to use the same ball that soccer stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Edinson Cavani, Clint Dempsey, James Rodríguez and Chicharito Hernández are using and are comfortable spending that amount then… yes, it is worth it.
If not then it is NOT worth it.
There’s no way around it; simple as that.
Wrapping Up — My Verdict
The Nike Ordem Ciento is an awesome ball.
It has a smooth feel and great performance, plus it looks beautiful.
It performs great in all the different aspects of the game: juggling, shooting, passing, heading and curling. Although it might be a little bit heavy — but not too much — all of these things are perfectly feasible and comfortably achievable.
Like with every ball the Nike Ordem Ciento has its own quirks, but there are no real complaints.
Totally recommended! It’s a great purchase!
Your Questions / Opinion
What do you think about the Nike Ordem Ciento?
Are you going to try it out? Have you already?
If so, what’s your opinion about it?
If not, do you need me to clarify any of your doubts?
Leave your questions and thoughts in the form of comments below!
I’ll be happy to read and answer to them and hopefully help you out if need be.
Your Soccer Mate,