Since the early 2000's, Sassco have designed and produced their own custom footballs, which were used in the Wearside Combination Football League played in Sunderland, as well as the 6-a-side league and in various "home" games played in Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle. Produced in Asia, these footballs have a minimum standard of being FIFA Approved. Sassco also provided match balls for the WCFL and also promotional balls for Schiedel, who later sponsored the 6-a-side League. All these balls were made to be durable on hard wearing artificial surfaces and also grass.

Iceland Tour 2017 ball.
A new ball designed for the Iceland Tour. The ball is produced by Kabir Sports and contains the Now Cosmetic logo.

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USA Tour 2015 ball.
Produced in advance of the 2015 tour, which is to take place in New York. The durable material is the same as the Denmark and Workwear soccer balls. The design is based on the NASL soccer balls of the 1970's and 80's.

USA Soccerball

Denmark Tour 2014 ball.
The first set of footballs (including the Workwear Express ball and USA ball) to be produced for nearly four years. The ball is of a durable material, albeit, slightly lighter than previous balls. This is specific for the Denmark Tour and includes the Ishøj Fodbold Forening - IFF logo (the opponents and hosts). The ball is produced by Kabir Sports.

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Workwear Express ball.
A promotional ball produced for Workwear Express, a company based in Durham, UK, offering clothing and uniforms to companies world wide. The company is the sponsor of the Denmark Tour 2014.

Workwear Express ball

Spain Tour 2010 ball.
The first ball produced specifically with an overseas tour in mind. The Spain Tour ball uses the design of the previous Bunker ball, but contains the new Bunker logo, as well as the Spain Tour logo and the 10th Anniversary logo.

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10th Anniversary iKobo ball.
The 1999-2009, 10th Anniversary ball. Currently used in the 6-a-side and 11-a-side. Also used in Portugal.

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iKobo 11-a-side ball.
The first iKobo ball. Used in 2008 for the 11-a-side and 6-a-side.

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Bunker 6-a-side ball.
The most popular ball used. The Bunker sponsored one was used mainly in the 6-a-side and some pre-season 11-a-side games in the summer of 2008.Issue%206

Pure/Mill-Tech ball.
Bar Pure and Bunker football, with the Mill-Tech logo. Used in the 6-a-side and 11-a-side. Bar Pure and the Bunker sponsored the 6-a-side.Issue%205

Mill-Tech ball.
The first specific 11-a-side ball. Used in the 2006-2007 season. Contained the Mill-Tech logo and the new Sunderland City Council logo.Issue%204

Schiedel ball.
Schiedel ball designed and produced as a promo item for the company. Later used in the 6-a-side as Schiedel sponsored it. Used from 2007.

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Manpower ball.
A joint AGUK and Manpower ball. Designed to tie in with the 2005-2006 Season. Sassco 11-a-side's first in the WCFL.Issue%202%20Manpower

AGUK white ball.
The first ball issued after the JDI test ones in 2000. With the AGUK sponsor logo and the old City of Sunderland logo.

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AGUK yellow ball.
A yellow one designed specifically for the autumn and winter, due to the loss of several balls in the undergrowth behind the 6-a-side goals. Contained the AGUK sponsor logo and the old City of Sunderland logo.

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TWR WCFL ball.
The second ball produced by Sassco for the WCFL (Wearside Combination League).

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WCFL ball.
The first ball produced by Sassco for the WCFL (Wearside Combination League).

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Sassco.co.uk 3 South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 15th July 2017

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  McDermont concussed - wakes up thinking he's Danny Dichio. It was when he was off getting no treatment that we scored the winner. The game was up and down up to...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 4 Sunderland O35…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 1st July 2017

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Finally, we managed to get a win, However, the circumstances were all too familiar, with new faces coming in, but this time slotting in perfectly. Team talk was just about who was...Read More

Beach football / volleyball i…

Israel Tour 2018 - 25th June 2017

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We're playing the official version of "Footvolley" in Tel Aviv. Our half arsed attempt at normal volleyball on our France Tour 2013 will be a distance memory when we'll be allowed...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 0 Washington AFC…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 24th June 2017

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McDermont foaming at the mouth. Another disappointing game topped off with McDermont foaming at the mouth, requesting to be subbed, then fannying around in the box to concede the fourth goal. The...Read More

Tel Aviv-Yafo תל אביב-יפו Ser…

Israel Tour 2018 - 22nd June 2017

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Three game series in The Holy Land.  The first games have been arranged in Tel Aviv and will most likely be taking place at a venue called Goal Time, located in...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 1 Sunderland O35…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 17th June 2017

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Searing heat, another injury and McDermont roars like a kangaroo to hit the crossbar. It was quite disappointing. We were missing a few from last week: Barker, Dan Smith and Dave...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 1 Absolute Home …

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 10th June 2017

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Disputed penalty, and it wasn't McDermont this time. A solid performance, again, from Sassco against, arguably, the strongest team in the competition. We were up against it and had three enforced changes...Read More

Terrorism in the UK. Why it h…

Various Articles - 4th June 2017

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The questions about these violent acts are constant: Why? What can we do? And so on. I think the solution could be more simpler than anyone thinks, or dares to suggest...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 1 South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 3rd June 2017

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Last competitive game was 6 years, 9 months, and 19 days ago. Yes, a total of, approximately, 2484 days, 17 hours and 30 minutes had lapsed since Sassco played it's last...Read More

Near miss in the final moment…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 28th May 2017

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Tired legs took effect the following day, as we faced an identical schedule, which was increasingly gruelling. Also, the majority of the team were out on the lash until around...Read More

Triumph on Day 1 of the Knatt…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 28th May 2017

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Sassco.co.uk had a gruelling four match schedule, and despite Dixon being rudely awoken with a frying pan, and using a player provided by the opponents, they triumphed with a clean...Read More

Sassco win at the Stadium of …

11-a-side - 21st May 2017

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Sassco's most glorious moment in their 18 year history. Sassco 11-a-side, finally won their first game in over a year, and what a place to do it in. It was their first...Read More

Stadium of Light 2017 shirts …

11-a-side - 12th May 2017

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Delighted to announce that the shirts supplied by Woven Inc. have arrived and are ready for our second game at the Stadium of Light on 18th May.

Opening game v South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 10th May 2017

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Sassco return to action on the 3rd June at 10am against South Tyne Building Supplies. Squad has been confirmed with the following players: 1. Davinder Sangha 2. Chris Dixon 3. Marc McDermont...Read More

Stadium of Light Rules, Itine…

11-a-side - 4th May 2017

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The rules and regulations for Play on the Pitch 2017 have been passed on from Sunderland AFC. Those who took part last year, will know what to expect. Rules of Play Squads...Read More

Iceland Tour map and Golden C…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 30th April 2017

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The main venues are shown below for the Iceland Tour. The apartment is shown, plus the football venue, main bus terminal, as well as hotel and airport. Below this map is...Read More

3-5-Who?

11-a-side - 28th April 2017

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A hastily arranged game against Mark Muers' U35 team, Washington United FC. We really cobbled a team together. High hopes were for the Stadium of Light team, but Smith, Sangha, Dixon...Read More

Woven Inc to supply Sassco's …

11-a-side - 20th April 2017

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Please to announce that Woven Inc, one of the UK leaders in custom workwear and fashion clothing based in Washington, are supplying the AWDis kit for our game at the...Read More

Sassco 11-a-side are back?

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 31st March 2017

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We're looking to revive the 11-a-side team in, albeit, an over 35 format. Durham FA are organising a 50 minute game league, which is played on a Saturday morning at Durham...Read More

NUOTC 5 Sassco.co.uk 3

11-a-side - 25th March 2017

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Sassco travelled to the beyond (i.e. Walker Dome) to take on the Northumbria University Officer Training Corp team. A team which we somehow defeated 6-1 last year, albeit with what...Read More

Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur To…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 20th March 2017

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The dates and times have been just about confirmed with a five team tournament set over two days. The teams involved, alongside Sassco.co.uk are Þrottur, Breidablik, FC Sækó and Öspin. The dates...Read More

AWDis football kit choices fo…

11-a-side - 8th March 2017

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We have a number of choices for our game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in May. Last year, we chose orange as the sponsor colour, but our opponents are looking at...Read More

Sunderland AFC Stadium of Lig…

11-a-side - 28th February 2017

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Delighted to have confirmed 11 Sassco players for the Play on the Pitch event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, in May 2017. The team is scheduled to play against a similar...Read More

The FA People's Cup at Goals …

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 24th February 2017

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Sassco took part in their first FA People's Cup, a 5-a-side competition played at Goals Sunderland on Sunday 26th February, but failed to get a Quarter Final spot. The team comprised...Read More

Official match ball for Icela…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 15th December 2016

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Ready to grace the glaciers. It's back to basics with the 70's retro look for our Iceland Tour 2017 match ball. The ball contains the Iceland Tour logo, as well as...Read More

5-a-side defeat against Sunde…

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 4th November 2016

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A game requested by Sunderland Deaf FC, who are taking part in a the Rudolph 5-a-side tournament in Derby, was arranged at the outdoor pitches at Everyone Active Washington. The Sassco team...Read More

Iceland Tour football kit by …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 26th August 2016

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A little while away, but the initial design for the Iceland Tour 2017 football team kit is ready. The jerseys will be provided by the Just Cool by AWDis brand, supplied...Read More

Icelandair from Manchester an…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 13th August 2016

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The flights were changed slightly. Originally, we were due back on the 30th May 2017, but as the flight was cancelled, a few panicked communications later saw it changed to...Read More

First team ever to use Just C…

11-a-side - 7th August 2016

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New shirt for the nomadic 11-a-side team. Sassco have had branded team kits and custom made team shirts since the foundation back in 1999. So we are now proud to announce...Read More

Iceland Tour 2017 football sq…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 27th July 2016

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The six players for the Iceland Tour 2017 are detailed below:   Kevin Cooper Joins again after taking part in four recent tours. Superb between the sticks. Davinder Sangha Organiser (as expected) and defender in...Read More

Cricket score = bad defences.

11-a-side - 24th July 2016

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Our regular tri or bi-annual game took place again, but this time off the 3G (or is it 4G) and on to grass at Castle View, where we suffered a...Read More

Games against Breiðablik UBK …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 23rd July 2016

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Really delighted to announce two games in Iceland for the 2017 tour. Games will take place in and around Reykjavik. The first one arranged was against Breiðablik UBK arranged by Andrés Pétursson...Read More

Tactical headquarters in Reyk…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 7th July 2016

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We've provisionally booked a two bedroom apartment in Reykjavik, which will hold 6 people (Booked tickets yet, Tim?). The apartment is close to shopping, bakery, ATM, etc. Bus stop is also...Read More

Defeated again; Dave Gourlay …

11-a-side - 3rd July 2016

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Plenty of dinosaurs were dug out for Sassco's difficult game against O'Briens, a team organised by Steve Farrer (himself a rare dinosaur), and containing a lot of ex-Redhouse FC players. For...Read More

Post Brexit Guide on dealing …

Various Articles - 29th June 2016

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With the recent Britain exiting Europe, or Brexit Referendum, result leading in an increase in racism. I think it would be responsible to part with some advice for ethnic minorities...Read More

Tel Aviv, Israel in 2018

Israel Tour 2018 - 27th June 2016

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Finally, we'll be setting foot on hallowed ground in the Summer of 2018, with Tel Aviv being the venue. Israel was actually an early choice back in 2009/2010, but other...Read More

Posithread win Season 18.

Sassco Tournaments - 25th June 2016

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With a revival of the Sassco League, albeit in 5-a-side format, five teams entered and the tournament was reasonably successful, despite no referees, a flare up, slight confusion over the...Read More

Season 18 tournament in June.

Sassco Tournaments - 17th June 2016

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Downhill Complex is a distant memory now, but Sassco 6-a-side keeps failing to die off. Now it's a 5-a-side tournament played over a few hours in the new Everyone Active venue...Read More

Microsoft Band / Health GPS t…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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During the Switzerland Tour, the Microsoft Band was in action and with GPS tracking during the Geneva Tournament, here are the results from my ultra-cautious approach during three 20 minute...Read More

Defeated at the Stadium of Li…

11-a-side - 11th June 2016

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Trepidation meant I wanted everyone to be at the stadium early. All arrived promptly, probably because their subs were £163 each. But it was a bit of a hiccup from...Read More

Geneva Tournament 2016 - Sass…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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After a bad night's sleep, the next morning, we headed into the city centre again for a bite to eat and then headed to a market. A local said it...Read More

GB Outfitters - player profil…

11-a-side - 7th June 2016

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Learn about our opponents! Here's a very detailed player biography provided by David Duke from GB Outfitters. Jonny Prested (Goalkeeper)The many faced man; Ronnie O'Sullivan, Peter Whittingham, the count from Sesame...Read More

Futsal defeat in Geneva - Sas…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 4th June 2016

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Back in the late Summer of 2015, I was contemplating an end to the football tours. We were Stateside in New York, playing in iconic surroundings, down in the Lower...Read More

Sassco.co.uk v GB Outfitters …

11-a-side - 2nd June 2016

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We've finally discovered our opponents, GB Outfitters, a strong side which includes David Duke, who played for us in a friendly v Sunderland Deaf AFC not too long ago. Kick off...Read More

Sunderland AFC itinerary and …

11-a-side - 23rd May 2016

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Itinerary - Thursday 9th June 2016 7.00pm - Team Arrival, taken to changing rooms 7.15pm - Team Photographs 7.20pm - Pre- Match Warm Up 7.30pm - Kick off 8.15pm - Half Time 8.30pm - Second Half 9.15pm -...Read More

Geneva Tournament 2016

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th May 2016

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Delighted, as part of the tour in Switzerland, to be involved in a special tournament arranged by Adolfo Domingues and FC Semailles. There are a total of five teams taking part...Read More

Starting line-up at Sunderlan…

11-a-side - 10th May 2016

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The initial 11 who have paid the money for the Stadium of Light game have been set to start as we now have had two drop outs from the original...Read More

New York Cosmos 1 Jacksonvill…

USA Tour 2015 - 27th April 2016

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Back in 2011, I made my way over to Old Trafford and refused to "Stand up if you love Paul Scholes" while fulfilling an ambition to watch the New York...Read More

Switzerland Tour 2016 footbal…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 26th April 2016

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Workwear Express will be supplying the Switzerland Tour 2016 jersey. The shirt (along with a black long sleeve version for the goalkeeper) will be worn by the six players travelling to Geneva...Read More

McDermont Disaster!

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 18th April 2016

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McDermont sets the tone for his performance with a pre-match miss. Confidence was sky high, but then Dixon announced he was unavailable, which meant McDermont hopped on board, alongside He Who...Read More

Switzerland Tour 2016 venues

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 4th April 2016

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The map below shows the venues to be used in Switzerland. The game against FC Semailles Futsal will be taking place on the 5th June on the Stade De Fraisiers grass pitch...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 6 Northumbria Un…

11-a-side - 12th March 2016

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Back: Chris Dixon, Connor Llewellyn, Patrick Knox, David Bilton, Mike Barker, Paul McConville. Front: Davinder Sangha, Marc McDermont, Kevin Cooper, Dave Gourlay, Mark Middlemiss Safe to say that this was a...Read More

Iceland in 2017

Iceland Tour 2017 - 7th March 2016

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We're heading to Iceland in 2017. It's early days, but as the Switzerland Tour is all but arranged, pre-planning means that we're heading to Iceland in September/October 2017 with flights from...Read More

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