Azorean football, known as Azorean FL, is a collective sport for teams practiced resorting to the action of running, throwing and receiving of an object, a speciﬁc ball for the purpose called Duct-ball.
This modality of ball game is invented as a variant to the American football and it aims to substitute the robustness/strength by the agility/speed for both technical and tactical capacities. The priority falls over the ball passing rather than tackling, thus the game is played with more focus on the ball instead on the player.
The game consists of multiple plays in which 2 teams of 7 players each compete in against for the plays and advance on the ﬁeld attempting to score according to speciﬁed rules.
THE AZORES ISLANDS
The white front emphasizes the hole in the ball and shows clearly how the ball is oriented
The iconic white stripe has a reference to the stitches on an American football. The ‘passing’ of the stripe shows whether the ball is spinning
The materials used to cover of the ball gives it a rugged feel. It provides enough grip to hold it in one hand and give it spin when throwing
The blue stripes around the tail provide a color detail on the ball and show if the tail of the ball is stable or wobbles; providing feedback to the thrower