As part of their Summer Showcase series, the XFL revealed a selection of ball options they are testing for the upcoming inaugural season.
— XFL (@xfl2020) June 8, 2019
The testing at the Summer Showcase is meant to gather feedback from players and coaches.
The balls being tested are brown, with white laces, and all feature a stylized purple and white “X” on each end. The difference between the balls seem to be the texture of the ball. There is no indication as to the manufacturer of the test balls.
The new ball design was originally shown in a Twitter post and then discussed in the XFLBoard forums.
— XFL (@xfl2020) June 7, 2019
The idea of the XFL having a markedly unique football hearkens back to 2001, and the original black and red XFL ball. That ball was loved by fans, and hated by detractors to the league, even going so far as claiming the ball was hard to handle and throw. In fact, former XFL Quarterback and MVP Tommy Maddox has gone on record to say the original XFL ball was “very hard to grip and throw but they made adjustments to it and it became very easy to throw.”
Clearly, we can see how the 2020 version of the XFL is actively testing what may become their signature ball. Let’s hope they get it right, and the 2020 ball is just as loved as the 2001 version.
At the first it was very hard to grip and throw but they made adjustments to it and it became very easy to throw.
— Coach Maddox (@tommymad8) March 17, 2019