Having made fourteen FIFA World Cup balls in the past 50 years, Adidas has revealed its official match ball for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This ball, dubbed Al Rihla, is inspired by the Qatari flag and culture.
The ball was designed with a number of features to ensure that players have an optimal experience during intense matches. The ball was tested on the playing field and in wind tunnels. It features a twenty-panel design that has been inspired by traditional dhow boats. The ball also uses water-based glues, making it the first World Cup ball to use this material exclusively. This is an attempt to increase sustainability in the sport and to make it more accessible. The ball will also feature a tracking chip that notifies officials of its real-time location. This will help the VAR system to make faster judgments.
The ball is also equipped with a number of technologies that are designed to improve its accuracy, speed, and overall performance. These technologies include the CRT-CORE, a core that provides maximum rebound accuracy and air retention. The ball also features a speed shell, which is a 20-piece panel shape designed to improve ball rotation speed. The speed shell improves accuracy and flight stability and produces flawless shots.
The ball also features a polyurethane leather texture for improved glossiness. It also features triangular sails that add to its aerodynamics. The ball is also designed with a counter-relief surface. It was tested on the field and in the wind tunnels for reliability and dependability.
The ball is expected to weigh 420 grams. The price is expected to be $165. The Al Rihla Pro ball is the official match ball of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ball will be available for sale in the United States for $165 and in Europe for EUR155. However, the price could be higher on the secondary market.
The ball was designed to be the fastest World Cup ball ever made. It was tested in wind tunnels to make sure that it can travel at maximum speed. The ball also includes a suspended inertial measurement unit, which supplies a video assistant referee with ball movement data. The ball also features a tracking chip that notifies officials of its location and helps the VAR system to make faster judgments.
The Al Rihla also features a pearlescent background and vibrant accent colors. The design of the ball is inspired by Qatar’s architecture and culture. The ball will travel to ten cities around the world for the launch. In addition, 1% of the net sales of the ball will be donated to the Common Goal initiative.
The ball is manufactured in Pakistan, where it is sold under the Adidas brand name. The ball is expected to travel to cities like Dubai, New York, and Tokyo. It will be available for sale in a variety of sporting goods stores. The ball will also feature a tracking device for semi-automated offside technology.