This is a list of the official match balls for FIFA World Cup finals tournaments.

From the 1970 FIFA World Cup, official match balls have been used by FIFA.[1][2][3]

World Cup Ball Manufacture Additional information Refs
1930 Tiento (1st half)
T-Model (2nd half)
1930 World Cup Final ball Argentina.jpg
1930 World Cup Final Ball Uruguay.jpg
Two different balls were used in the final: Argentina supplied the first-half ball (the 'Tiento') and led 2–1 at the break; hosts Uruguay supplied the second-half ball (the 'T-Model' which was larger and heavier)[4] and won 4–2. [4][5]
1934 Federale 102
Federale 102.jpg
ECAS
(Ente Centrale Approvvigionamento Sportivi), Rome
[6]
1938 Allen
Allen-1938.jpg
Allen, Paris Made up of leather, consisted of 13 panels and had white cotton laces on a separate, thin panel. [7]
1950 Duplo T
Duplo T-1950.jpg
Superball First ball to have no laces and introduce the syringe valve. [8]
1954 Swiss World Champion
Swiss World Champion-1954.jpg
Kost Sport, Basel The first 18-panel ball. [5][9]
1958 Top Star
Top Star-1958.jpg
Sydsvenska Läder och Remfabriken, Ängelholm
(aka "Remmen" or "Sydläder")
Chosen from 102 candidates in a blind test by four FIFA officials. [10][11]
1962 Crack
Crack-1962.jpg
Señor Custodio Zamora H.,
San Miguel, Chile Remmen
The Crack was the official ball. Referee Ken Aston was unimpressed with the Chilean ball provided for the opening match, and sent for a European ball, which arrived in the second half. Various matches used different balls, with the apparent rumour the European teams didn't trust the locally produced ball.[4] [4][5][10][12]
1966 Challenge 4-Star
Challenge 4-star-1966.jpg
Slazenger 18-panel ball in orange or yellow. Selected in a blind test at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square. [5][13]
1970 Telstar
Adidas Telstar Mexico 1970 Official ball.jpg
Adidas Telstar was the first 32-panel black-and-white ball used in the FIFA World Cup finals. Only 20 were supplied by Adidas. A brown ball (Germany-Peru) and a white ball (first half of Italy-Germany) were used in some matches. [5][14]
1974 Telstar Durlast
Fifaworldcup1974.JPG
Adidas The first polyurethane coated ball, making it waterproof and resistant to wear and tear. [5]
1978 Tango
Adidas Tango Argentina (River Plate) 1978 cup Official ball.jpg
Adidas The first of a family of footballs that was also used in the UEFA European Championships and the Summer Olympics until 1988. [5]
1982 Tango España
Adidas Tango España.jpg
Adidas Similar to its predecessor the Tango the Tango España had a polyurethane coating. It had new and improved rubberized seams and was the last leather ball to be used in the World Cup. [5]
1986 Azteca
Adidas Azteca Mexico 1986 Official ball.jpg
Adidas First fully synthetic FIFA World Cup ball and first hand-sewed ball [5]
1990 Etrusco Unico
Etrusco Unico 1990 Fifa World Cup Italy Official Match Ball.jpg
Adidas [5]
1994 Questra[15]
Adidas Questra USA 1994 Official ball.jpg
Adidas [5]
1998 Tricolore
1998 - Tricolore (France) (4170715889).jpg
Adidas First multi-coloured ball at a World Cup finals tournament. [5]
1999 (women) Icon Adidas First ball specifically created for a Women's World Cup. Technically identical to the Tricolore, but with a different visual design. [16][17]
2002 Fevernova
Fevernova (4592803569).jpg
Adidas First World Cup ball with a triangular design. The ball for the 2003 Women's World Cup was technically identical to the Fevernova, but had a different visual design.[18] [5]
2006 Teamgeist
Teamgeist Ball World Cup 2006 Brazil vs. Croatia.jpg
Adidas The Teamgeist is a 14-panel ball. Each match at the World Cup finals had its own individual ball, printed with the date of the match, the stadium and the team names.[19] A special variant, the gold-coloured Teamgeist Berlin, was used in the final match. As in 2003, the ball used for the 2007 Women's World Cup was identical in performance to the ball used in the previous year's World Cup, but with a different visual design.[20] [5]
Teamgeist Berlin
Teamgeist Ball World Cup 2006 Finale.jpg
2010 Jabulani
Adidas Jabulani Official World Cup 2010 (4158450149).jpg
Adidas This ball has 8 panels. A special variant was used for the final match, the gold Jo'bulani (picture on the left), which was named after "Jo'burg", a standard South African nickname for Johannesburg, site of the final game. The ball was notable for the controversy it attracted, with players and fans contending that its aerodynamics were unusually unpredictable. [5][21]
Jo'bulani
Jo
2011 (women) SpeedCell Adidas Technically identical to the Jabulani, but with a different visual design. [22]
2014 Brazuca
Brazil and Colombia match at the FIFA World Cup 2014-07-04 (15) (cropped).jpg
Adidas This is the first FIFA World Cup ball named by the fans. The ball has been made of six polyurethane panels which have been thermally bonded. For the final game, a different colour scheme was used, featuring green, gold and black. [23]
Brazuca Final Rio
Deutsches Fußballmuseum 2015 3.jpg
2015 (women) Conext15 Adidas Based on the technology introduced in the Brazuca. The Conext15 Final Vancouver is the first ball created specifically for a Women's World Cup Final. [24]
Conext15 Final Vancouver
2018 Telstar 18
Adidas Telstar 18 in Russia vs. Argentina.jpg
Adidas For the 48 matches in the Group Stage, teams competed with a ball designed in tribute to the original Adidas Telstar, used in the 1970 and 1974 World Cups.[25] [26]
Telstar Mechta
Adidas Telstar Mechta Ball.jpg
At the end of the 2018 World Cup group stage, FIFA revealed a new color scheme to be used for the 16 matches played in the Knockout Stage: the Telstar Mechta (Мечта). Mechta means 'dream' or 'ambition' in Russian. [27]
2019 (women) Conext19 Adidas Used for 36 matches in the group stage. It shares the same seamless, mono-panel design as the Telstar 18, but with a glitched graphic that's inspired by the Tricolore ball that was used in the 1998 World Cup.[28] [29]
Tricolore 19 Inspired by the Tricolore ball and based on the same template as the Conext 19, the Tricolore 19 ball features a mono-panel aesthetic with a blue-and-red glitch graphic. This ball was used in the knockout stage.
2022 Al Rihla Adidas The ball was designed with sustainability as a priority, making it the first ever official match ball created with water-based glues and inks. The name of the ball, Al Rihla, means 'the journey' or 'the excursion' in Arabic.
2026 ? Adidas To be decide

See also

References

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  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup Balls. Football Balls Database". football-balls.com. June 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Al Rihla: FIFA World Cup 2022 Ball Name, Design & Price - BelieveInOurGame". 2022-05-12. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  4. ^ a b c d Classic Footballs. The Blizzard. 1 September 2012. ISBN 978-1908940063.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "FIFA World Cup official match balls". Football Facts. FIFA. Archived from the original on 28 November 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  6. ^ Matteo, Renato. ""Federale 102". 1934 Italia World Cup Ball" (in Spanish). balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  7. ^ ""Allen". 1938 France World Cup Ball" (in Spanish and English). balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  8. ^ ""Super Duplo T". 1950 Brazil World Cup Official Matchball" (in Spanish and English). balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  9. ^ "1954 Switzerland World Cup Official Matchball" (in Spanish and English). balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  10. ^ a b Norlin, Arne (2008). "Bollen "Made in Sweden"". 1958: När Folkhemmet Fick Fotbolls-VM (in Swedish). Malmo: Ross & Tegner. pp. 130–6. ISBN 978-91-976144-8-1.
  11. ^ "Top Star 1958" (in Spanish and English). balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  12. ^ Matteo, Renato (11 June 2010). ""Crack". 1962 Chile World Cup Official Matchball". balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  13. ^ Matteo, Renato (11 June 2010). ""Slazenger Challenge 4-star". 1966 England World Cup Official Matchball". balones-oficiales.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  14. ^ Brown balls are visible in Getty Images photos of matches in the Estadio Nou Camp, León, Guanajuato:
  15. ^ football World – Adidas Questra (Accessed 9 June 2006)
  16. ^ "Adidas Equipment Icon". SoccerBallWorld.com. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  17. ^ "69 days to go" (Press release). FIFA. 29 March 2015. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Official World Cup Fevernova Soccer Ball". SoccerBallWorld.com. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  19. ^ football World – Team Geist (Accessed 9 June 2006)
  20. ^ "The History of the Official World Cup Match Balls". SoccerBallWorld.com. 29 December 2016.
  21. ^ "The adidas JO'BULANI – Official Match Ball for the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa". FIFA. Archived from the original on April 23, 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  22. ^ "Official Women's World Cup Match Ball: SpeedCell". SoccerBallWorld.com. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  23. ^ "adidas Brazuca – Name of Official Match Ball decided by Brazilian fans". FIFA. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  24. ^ "adidas unveils Official Match Ball for the Final of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015" (Press release). FIFA. 7 June 2015. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  25. ^ Liao, George (June 21, 2018). "Ball loses air in four incidents since World Cup kicked off". Taiwan News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  26. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup™ official match ball unveiled: an exciting re-imagining" (Press release). FIFA. 9 November 2017. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  27. ^ "adidas Football Reveals Official Match Ball for the Knockout Stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™". 2018 FIFA World Cup™. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  28. ^ "adidas Launch The 2019 Women's World Cup Ball". SoccerBible. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  29. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ - News - Official ball for France 2019 Knockout phase unveiled - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.