Select Sport

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Select Sport
Private limited company
Industry sports equipment
Founded 1947
Founder Eigil Nielsen
Headquarters Glostrup, Copenhagen, Denmark
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] NAIA, several NCAA Division II and Division III conferences, and state high school federations in Kentucky and Wisconsin.[2]


It was founded in 1947 by Eigil Nielsen,[3] 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.[4][5] Based loosely on the geodesic dome designs of R. Buckminster Fuller,[5] 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.[6]


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



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

Club teams


National teams

Club teams

Deaf Futsal

Club teams


  1. ^ "United Soccer Leagues Announces New Partnership with Select". United Soccer League (USL). December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sponsor". Select Sport America. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ SELECT - The origin, (in Danish), retrieved 10 June 2012
  4. ^ "SELECT Since 1947". SELECT. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  5. ^ a b The history of the soccer ball, (in English), retrieved 29 May 2008
  6. ^ About SELECT, (in Danish), retrieved 27 May 2008

External links

  • Official website (in English) (in Danish)
  • Official USA website
  • Unofficial website (in Danish)
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