Excitement gripped football fans today as the official 2022 World Cup ball was unveiled.
With just 236 days until the start of the competition in Qatar, the qualifiers are in full swing and the much-anticipated draw will take place on Friday (1 April).
Today was the first time fans saw the official match ball and its design has certainly received a seal of approval, but the name causes some confusion.
What does “Al Rihla” mean? Read on to find out…
Adidas unveils 2022 World Cup ball
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the official World Cup 2022 ball has been officially announced and it’s quite impressive.
Designed by Adidas, who have produced the balls for the last 14 tournaments, the ball features a vibrant blue, red and yellow color scheme that glides over a pearly white background.
Apart from the cool design, it is the fastest World Cup ball ever and offers the highest level of accuracy due to its brand new panel shape and surface textures.
Adidas Football Graphics and Hardwear Design Director Franziska Loeffelmann said: “The game is getting faster and faster, and the faster it gets, the more important accuracy and flight stability become.”
“The new design allows the ball to maintain its speed significantly higher as it flies through the air. For the greatest global stage in sport, we set out to make the impossible possible with radical innovation, creating the fastest, most accurate World Cup ball to date,” he continued.
It’s called ‘Al Rihla’
The ball’s official name is ‘Al Rihla’, which means ‘the journey’ in Arabic.
Arabic is the mother tongue in Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup will be held.
The design of the ball is inspired by the country’s architecture, iconic boats and the national flag.
“Al Rihla” is environmentally friendly and is made exclusively with water-based inks and adhesives.
“This is a stunning, sustainable and high-quality adidas Official Match Ball that will be enjoyed by stars performing their best on the world’s greatest stage in Qatar, as well as amateur athletes around the world,” said FIFA Marketing Director. said Jean-Francois Pathy.
How to get your hands on one
The official 2022 World Cup ball is available on the Adidas website here.
It launched online on March 30th and will be available for just under two weeks until April 12th.
The ball costs £130 and is available both in stores and on the website.
A mini ball inspired by World Cup 2022 football is also available for £15 here.
One percent of the ball’s net sales goes to the Common goala charity movement started by Spanish footballer Juan Mata.
Common Goal encourages football players, coaches and other organizations to donate at least 1 percent of their salary to a common fund that supports football charities around the world.
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