The sponsorship also includes support for the FA’s new National Football Centre at St. George’s Park (Getty)

(WFI) Nike will replace Umbro as England’s new kit supplier from next spring, the English Football Association has announced.

The FA’s agreement, which runs until summer 2018, will see the sportswear firm create kits for England men’s and women’s sides at every level. The launch coincides with the FA’s 150th anniversary.

No figure was disclosed, but the FA said the “substantial investment” would be reinvested back into the game across all levels.

FA general secretary Alex Horne described the Nike deal as a “wide-ranging and comprehensive partnership”.

“It is an extremely exciting time for both parties with the opening of St. George’s Park this year and The FA’s 150th anniversary in 2013.

“I would also like to place on record our gratitude to Umbro and their significant contribution to the game, The FA and England teams, over a 60-year period.”

Nike Brand president Charlie Denson added: “The pride and passion of England fans is renowned throughout the football world and we are delighted to partner with The FA.

“We look forward to supporting England teams at every level with innovative product technology and playing our part to help develop the future of English football through our support of St. George’s Park.”

The partnership includes: supplying kit and match-balls to all of Club England’s 24 football teams at every level; sponsorship and support of St. George’s Park, the home of the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, which in addition to hosting the England senior team will train and develop a generation of coaches, referees and medical staff every year; supporting partner of Wembley Stadium; supporting partner for The FA Cup, supplying match balls for competition.

“Brazuca” Ball for Brazil 2014

The official match ball for the Brazil World Cup has been dubbed the Brazuca.

Made by adidas, the name was revealed by FIFA and Brazil 2014 organisers following a public vote by over one million

South Africa 2010 had an official match ball called the Jabulani; Brazil 2014’s ball is dubbed the Brazuca (FIFA)

Brazilian football fans.

From a shortlist of three names provided by adidas, Brazuca received 70 per cent of the vote, handsomely beating off competition from the other options – Bossa Nova and Carnavalesca.

Brazilian football fans have been voting for their favourite name over the past three weeks, FIFA said. It’s the first time that fans have been directly involved in the naming of the FIFA World Cup ball.

“Brazuca” is an informal phrase used to describe national pride in the Brazilian way of life and is said to symbolise emotion, pride and goodwill to all.

“I’m sure that the Brazuca ball will go down in history together with other iconic FIFA World Cup balls, such as the Tango in Argentina in 1978 and the Azteca in Mexico in 1986,” said FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke.

Adidas is currently developing the Brazuca ball, which will be tested worldwide with several football clubs and associations before its official unveiling for the World Cup.

New Russian FA President

Nikolay Tolstykh, executive director of the Russian Olympic Committee, was on Monday elected president of the Russian Football Union. He was a vice president of the RFU.

His candidacy was backed by Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

Tolstykh will play a key role in the country’s 2018 World Cup preparations as well as overseeing developments in Russian football aimed at producing a strong team for the FIFA showpiece. He also has a big task in tackling hooliganism and racism in Russian football.

Former Russian FA head Sergey Fursenko quit the post in the wake of the nation’s disappointing display at the UEFA Euro 2012 championships in Poland and Ukraine.

By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson

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