Friday 12 August 2016 21:33, UK
Another Premier League season is almost upon us and the opening weekend will be anticipated by fans across the world.
Over the years, the league has evolved beyond recognition since the inaugural 1992-93 campaign. Technology-filled shirts, bigger stadiums, greater coverage and, just as significantly, the match ball itself.
Saturday will see the debut of Nike's latest and boldest concept since they started supplying the official ball in 2000, with the newest version called Ordem 4, which blends blue, green and purple for a multi-coloured effort to ensure maximum visibility.
Here we take a look back how the ball has developed since the start of the Premier League...
1992-95: Mitre Pro Max
Mitre had the honour of producing the very first balls used in England's brand new league. The simplistic design was a far cry from the colourful efforts we have become used to in recent years and lasted for three seasons.
1995-2000 Mitre Ultimax
Holding the distinction of being the Premier League's longest-ever serving ball, the Ultimax upgrade quickly became synonymous with football in the 90's, with its distinctive chevrons and memorable moments.
The ball was famously used to help launch a young David Beckham into the nation's conscious, when he lobbed Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the halfway line on the opening day of the 1996/97 season, while Paolo di Canio defied gravity to spectacularly volley in against... Wimbledon in 1999.
2000-04: Nike Geo Merlin
Football fans bid a sad but fond farewell to Mitre, as the new millennium saw Nike take over as the Premier League's new supplier.
The ball was used over the course of four seasons and was modified only slightly with different colour patterns. Les Ferdinand tucked away the Merlin for the division's 10,000th goal, while Robert Pires produced a moment of ingenuity and confidence to lob Peter Schmeichel, as Arsenal secured the league in 2002.
2004-08: Nike T90 Aerow
Pushing the Ultimax almost to the max in terms of longevity, the new circular designed patterned T90 offered a brilliantly clean, simple design and, other than the changing shade in paint job, quickly became a favourite among supporters.
Chelsea stormed to back-to-back Premier League crowns and Cristiano Ronaldo was in devastating form as he notched 31 goals to fire Manchester United to glory in 2007/08.
2008-09: Nike T90 Omni
Touted as their most spherical ball yet, Nike introduced the Omni and its red arrow style design helped it to flicker during flight.
There were 942 goals scored during the 2008/09 season, but few from that total got past Dutch legend Edwin van der Sar who kept a record 14 consecutive clean sheets for Manchester United.
2009-10: Nike T90 Ascente
Again, Nike changed up their design and the creative geniuses down at their headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, insisted the T90 Ascente would travel faster and further than any ball before it.
It was a favourite for Chelsea, who found the net on 103 occasions in 2009/10, with Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka all in irresistible form.
2010-11: Nike T90 Tracer
Adidas had a black mark against their name following the failure of the Jabulani ball at the 2010 World Cup and Nike were not about to make the same mistake.
The most memorable moment with the Tracer came from Wayne Rooney, who after toiling with the idea of leaving, got back to what he does best, showing his class with a perfectly executed over-head kick to down neighbours Manchester City.
2011-12: Nike Seitiro
Specifically designed for maximum visibility and a decade after Sir Les' goal number 10,000, Marc Albrighton slotted home the 20,000th past Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny.
The Premier League would then witness perhaps its most famous moment, when Sergio Aguero smashed a 94th-minute winner against QPR to give Manchester City their first league title. Cue Martin Tyler.
2012-13: Nike Maxim
There was little in the way of change here, as Nike wanted to keep the same 'sweet spot' which they had used in their design the previous season.
One man who certainly found the sweet spot was Robin van Persie, who after switching from Arsenal that summer, fired Manchester United to title number 20 in style, with his controlled volley the pick of his treble against Aston Villa.
2013-14: Nike Incyte
The evolving quest for technological perfection meant a new design and another fancy name.
Pajtim Kasami's outrageous strike against Crystal Palace was rightly considered for a Puskas Award nomination and Liverpool narrowly missed out on their first Premier League title.
2014-15: Nike Ordem 2
The first in the Ordem series, the ball's ability to dip and swerve made for some fantastic goals and goalkeeping howlers.
Thibaut Courtois will have nightmares as he recalls flashes of blue and electric green sailing over his head after an opportunistic and outrageous effort from Charlie Adam. Chelsea won the game and eventually the league, so it was not all bad in the end.
2015-16: Nike Ordem 3
Convention as we once knew it went completely out the window with this one, as the time-honoured white ball had now become a two-tone design dominated with pink.
Not that Leicester cared much for tradition or the norm as the 5,000/1 outsiders stormed to the Premier League title and caused one of the biggest shocks in football history.