Uhlsport GmbH is a German sporting goods manufacturer. Originally established in 1948 as "Haase & Uhl OHG" and later renamed "Karl Uhl GmbH", the company became "uhlsport GmbH" in 1994. It is an international company which has its permanent headquarters in Balingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Uhlsport GmbH
IndustrySport, Textile
Founded1948; 74 years ago (1948)
FounderKarl Uhl[1]
Area served
Key people
Dominik Solleder, Melanie Steinhilber (Managing Directors)
    • Uhlsport
    • Kempa
Revenueca. 67 million euros (2017)
Number of employees
200 (2021)

The company manufactures and distributes its products through the brands Uhlsport and Kempa.


Headquarters of uhlsport GmbH in Balingen

The company was founded in 1948 by Karl Uhl. Early production focussed on the manufacture of leather studs for football boots, and in 1953 uhlsport also began to produce football boot soles for sports shoe manufacturers.[1] In the years which followed more products were added, including shin guards, sports bandages, footballs and goalkeeper gloves, until finally uhlsport GmbH had developed a full range of football equipment. Since 2002, the company has been operating a multi-brand strategy for football and handball.

Brands and productsEdit

The brand "uhlsport" specialises in football, especially goalkeeper equipment.[3] Since 2002, handball equipment has been marketed through the company's own "Kempa" brand.

The German company operates an indirect distribution strategy with subsidiaries in France, Spain, and Sweden and with country managers in UK, Benelux, and Switzerland. Uhlsport has a further 80 distribution partners across the world. In 1998, the company was sold by the Uhl family to the Daiss family.


uhlsport Teamwear

Uhlsport is the official equipment supplier to 1. FC Köln and 1. FC Magdeburg,[4] As official ball sponsor uhlsport supports the French Ligue 1 and the French Ligue 2.[5] The goalkeepers Alphonso Areola, Oliver Baumann, Odysseas Vlachodimos, Lukas Hradecky, Ron-Robert Zieler and others play with uhlsport gloves.[6]

Kampa ist the official sponsor to HBW Balingen-Weilstetten, TVB 1898 Stuttgart, Bergischer HC, Buxtehuder SV (women) and HSG Bensheim/Auerbach (women).


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Associations and competitionsEdit

Uhlsport is the official supplier for the following leagues and associations:


Club teamsEdit

English: "The uhlsport football brand. Brand positioning in Germany"). 1998


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  1. ^ a b Uhlsport history
  2. ^ Ulhsport products
  3. ^ Maarten Arts: The Soccer Goalkeeper Coach. Reedswain Inc., 2004, p. 213
  4. ^ uhlsport GmbH: Sponsoring 1. FC Magdeburg. 2013
  5. ^ uhlsport GmbH: Official Matchball Ligue 2 Archived 2013-11-11 at the Wayback Machine. 2013
  6. ^ uhlsport GmbH Sponsoring goalkeepers. 2018

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