FIFA has unveiled the official match ball for the 2022 Qatar World Cup set for November/December in Qatar.
The ball, dubbed Al Rihla, is designed to support peak game speeds, as it travels faster in flight than any ball in the tournament’s history.
This is the 14th successive ball that Adidas has created for the FIFA World Cup, with this year's even the first-ever winter tournament.
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Al Rihla means “the journey” in Arabic and is inspired by the culture, architecture, iconic boats, and flag of Qatar.
“This is a stunning, sustainable and high-quality Official Match Ball from Adidas that will be enjoyed by stars performing at the top of their game on the world’s biggest stage in Qatar, as well as grassroots players everywhere,” said Jean-François Pathy, FIFA’s Director of Marketing.
“Al Rihla’s worldwide journey will represent the incredible reach of the FIFA World Cup and give fans a unique opportunity to engage with the event as excitement builds ahead of the big kick-off.”
Al Rihla’s first public appearance will be alongside legends such as Iker Casillas, Kaká, Farah Jefry and Nouf Al Anzi