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Official Women’s World Cup Soccer Ball 2015

Womens_World Cup_Ball_2015_A Official Women's World Cup Soccer Ball 2015

Women’s World Cup 2015 Match Ball

For FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, 2015

Adidas unveils Match Ball for

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Womens_World Cup_Ball_2015_B Official Women's World Cup Soccer Ball 2015

FIFA and Adidas celebrate women’s football  05-Dec-2014Adidas today unveiled the official match ball of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, the Adidas conext15. The ball features a new green, red and blue ribbon design inspired by the elements of nature: earth, wind and fire.

The Adidas conext15 features the same ground-breaking technology that was used so successfully in Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The ball has a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure that provides improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch

2015 Womens World Cup ball-context15 Official Women's World Cup Soccer Ball 2015

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

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Icon Official Match Ball of the 1999 Women’s World Cup

Ball-ICONWomensWorldCup99 Icon Official Match Ball of the 1999 Women's World Cup

Engineered to the same specifications as the Equipment Tricolore (the Official Match ball of World Cup France 98′), the Adidas Equipment Icon was FIFA’s Official Matchball for the Women’s World Cup in 1999. This ball was the first one designed specifically for the Women’s World Cup.  Unlike traditional soccer balls, the Equipment Icon uses the same syntactic foam technology which debuted in the Equipment Tricolor at France 98′. According to Adidas, “syntactic foam’s tight, uniform matrix of gas-filled micro-balloons distributes energy more equally, enabling more rebound characteristics that make the ball faster and more accurate off the foot”.  The Equipment Icon’s design features colorful “icons” from the eight venue cities of Women’s World Cup 99′ including: San Jose, San Francisco, Portland (OR.), Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.  These icons are integrated into the Adidas “Tango” pattern, with an overlay of stars in honor of the US flag.  FIFA approved. The Equipment Icon is only the second ball to feature the Adidas Equipment logo.

Sizes: 5

Information and pictures supplied by Alexander Djolev from Sofia, Bulgaria

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Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

WC Tricolore 1998 Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

By 1998, FIFA World Cup France was played with a ball which sported the French red-white-blue tri-color. A complete departure from the old traditional black and white pattern.  The first official World Cup soccer ball that was in color. The TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.

tricolre 3 Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

The above Tricolore soccer ball (football) picture provided by Sheridan Bird. Visit  www.sheridanbird.com.

Tricolore ball on stand Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

Featured a newly engineered hi-tech syntactic foam layer. This new foam material had better compression and more explosive rebound characteristics, making the ball softer and faster than its predecessor, Questra. The first World Cup ball in color was a revolutionary concept in ball surface design. 

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Was the first ever multi-colored Match Ball. France’s flag and national colors (the Tricolore) and the “cockerel” the traditional symbol of the French nation and Football Federation, inspired the ball’s name and design.

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Official World Cup Etrvsco Soccer Ball 1990

WC Etrusco Unico 1990 Official World Cup Etrvsco Soccer Ball 1990

Etrvsco Unico –  Italy, 1990

The first ball with an internal layer of black polyurethane foam.

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

1990 Etrusco Unico World Cup ball R Official World Cup Etrvsco Soccer Ball 1990

The above picture was provided by Jacques Barralon – The “R” indicates the official ball while “TM” was used for balls made after the 1990 World Cup.

This ball was a high-tech product which was manufactured entirely from quality synthetic fibers. The lowest covering consisted of textiles impregnated with latex for form stability and resistance to tearing, the neoprene layer made the ball water-tight and the outer skin made of polyurethane layers was used for abrasion resistance and good rebound properties. The name and intricate design took their inspiration from Italy’s magnificent, ancient history and the contributions and fine art of the Etruscans. Three Etruscan lion heads decorate each of the 20 Tango triads.

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Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

WCAztecaMexico1986 Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

Azteca: México, 1986

The FIFA World Cup Mexico, saw the introduction of the first polyurethane coated ball which was rain-resistant. The first synthetic match ball, with good qualities on hard and wet surfaces.  

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

1986 World Cup Balll red Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

The above “red letter” ball picture was provided by Jacques Barralon

1986 World Cup Balll black -1 Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

The above “black letter” ball (made in France) picture was provided by Jacques Barralon

A completely new model was developed for the World Cup in Mexico. The Azteca Mexico was a hand-sewn ball, and for the first time, synthetic material, rather than leather was used to produce it. The ball consisted of an outer polyurethane wearing coat and three lower layers, which mutually complemented one another with their different “Adicron” structures. These were intended to ensure the ball’s resistance, ability to retain its shape and its waterproof properties. With its never-before-achieved performance on hard ground, at high altitude, and in wet conditions, Azteca represented a massive leap forward for the game. Its elaborately decorated design was inspired by the hosting nation’s native Aztec architecture and murals.

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Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

Adidas introduced a new ball which had rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through. The first ball with water-resistant qualities. General wear from kicking however meant the rubber began to wear after a short time and needed to be replaced during the game. The last genuine leather world cup ball.  

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

1982 Tango Espana 2200 Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball
1982 Tango Espana World Cup Ball-1 Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball
1982 Espana World Cup Ball Yellow-1 Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball
Orange ball Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above four pictures

Tango_1982_yellow Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

In Spain, 1982, the Tango España, the new generation of the Tango. The Tango España, made of real leather, was the head of a family whose members were specialists in particular fields. For example, the Tango Mundial was the top of the range model tested in the wind tunnel, the Tango Alicante was the special floodlight model, the Tango Malaga for hard grounds and the Tango Indoor for indoor football. The range of models was available not only in the basic white color, but also in orange and yellow.

Tango_Rosario1 Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

Tango Rosario

Tango_Rosario2 Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

Adidas Mundial

adidas_tango_Mundial Official World Cup 1982 Tango Espana Soccer Ball

Above picture provided by Dino Maas

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Official World Cup Tango 1978 Soccer Ball

adidas_tango_durlast_1978_2 Official World Cup Tango 1978 Soccer Ball

Soccer ball design experienced another revolution in 1978 with the introduction of the Adidas Tango. Adidas had created what would become a ‘football design classic’. Twenty panels with ‘triads’ created the impression of 12 identical circles. For the following five FIFA World Cup tournaments, the Match Ball design was based on this design. Tango featured improved weather resistance qualities, and took its inspiration from the deep passion, emotion and elegance of Argentina.

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Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball

Two adidas match balls were used for Germany ‘74. Telstar made a repeat appearance with new black branding replacing the previously gold branding. Adidas introduced a new all-white version named Adidas Chile (after an all-white ball used at Chile 62). The materials and techniques used in the Telstar and Chile were identical to those used four years earlier.

Telstar_1974_Signed Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball

The above Telstar ball has the signatures of the famous 11 (Maier, Vogts, Breitner, Schwarzenbeck, Beckenbauer, Bonhof, Hoeneß, Overath, Grabowski, Müller, Hölzenbein) and even the substitute players. The players signed the ball just after they had won the world cup in Germany in 1974.


1974 Telstar Durlast Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

telstar1974 Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball
telstar1974-2 Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball
telstar1974 world cup photo Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball

The above four pictures are from Soccer Ball World visitor Peter Pesti

Super-Lux-Adidas hi vis Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball

Super Lux version for high visibility!
 

Super-Lux-Adidas Official World Cup 1974 Durlast Soccer Ball

1974 Apollo ball picture provided by Jacques Barralon

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Official World Cup Soccer Ball 2002 – Fevernova

Fevernova ball Official World Cup Soccer Ball 2002 - Fevernova

Adidas Fevernova TM, Official World Cup ball for Korea Japan, 2002  

Adidas’s Fevernova soccer ball was the official ball of the Korea Japan, 2002 FIFA world cup.The adidas Fevernova was the first World Cup Match Ball since 1978 to break with the traditional Tango design introduced in 1978.  It is three millimeters thick (11 layers). This includes a special foam layer with tiny gas filled balloons imbedded in a syntactic foam. The foam is based on an abrasion resistant polyurethane made by Bayer called Impranil® polyurethane. The outer cover of the ball consists of a combination of special synthetic polystyrenes (polyurethane) and natural rubber. Embedded within the layers are equal sized, highly elastic, exceptionally resistant gas-filled microcells. The inner lining consists of a tightly woven network of knitted, synthetic Raschel fabric. The spongy layer has high modulus of compression, with a good elastic memory. These layers give the Fevernova TM improved rebound characteristics, which convert foot strike into ball acceleration. The outer layer of the ball is made of a particularly so that the ball can withstand exceptionally tough treatment. All of this combines to give the ball greater durability. According to Adidas, the surface of the new ball converts applied energy evenly at every point. Theoretically, this gives a more calculable, flight path with advanced players. The Adidas Fevernova TM is made to meet the lower end of FIFA regulations governing circumference and the upper limit of weight , in which smaller and heavier sphere has a more accurate trajectory. 

A mesh inner layer provides strength that limits deformation when the ball is kicked and helps the ball remain spherical in flight. Any distortion of the round shape of a ball leads to an uneven airflow around the it, making it veer off course. The ball can travel up to speeds of 81 mph. The ability of players to swerve the ball will not be effected since the spin of the ball causes the intended curving. The foot is the key to transferring the foot’s force . The presence of gas filled microcels insures that the applied force is transferred to the ball. The bubbles allow the ability to kick the ball without too much resistance in which the ball does not absorb the applied energy. This converts the applied force (kick) into ball acceleration. The Fevernova TM weighs 435g.

Not Without Controversy 

“a ridiculous kiddy’s bouncing ball ” Gianluigi Buffon Goal Keeper, Italy

Some people claim the new official ball exhibits the same properties as plastic inflatable balls.

Belgium’s goalkeeping coach has complained the ball is “too light.” Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo told reporters the ball soars too far when kicked. And Brazilian forward Edilson was quoted as saying the ball is “too big and too light.”

The ball’s best review has come from England’s star midfielder David Beckham who calls the ball’s accuracy “exceptional.” However; Beckham is sponsored by Adidas and helped design the ball.

The “newness” of the ball could explain the wide range of comments from players and coaches.  Time will tell if the ball design is a winner.

Fevernova Ball Official World Cup Soccer Ball 2002 - Fevernova

Adidas Fevernova TM Ball Graphics

The golden (champagne) orb sports red flames in the motive of a shuriken which was chosen to symbolize the mammoth efforts and the energy, which South Korea and Japan invested into the FIFA World Cup 2002. The red flames represent driving tenacity with the Ninja’s star, a symbol of the technical achievements of the two industrial nations in the recent past. The Fevernova TM is available in two types, the Tri Lance is designed to be used on all types of surfaces and the Terrain, specially designed for hard surfaces. In conjunction with FIFA, Adidas will make 100,000 footballs available for distribution worldwide to help promote the FIFA GOAL program. This is intended to promote the game across the globe.

2002 World Cup Fevernova Orange Ball-1 Official World Cup Soccer Ball 2002 - Fevernova

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above pictures.

Replica Balls: Adidas Fevernova Tremor and Glider


New Fevernova design for USA Women’s World Cup 2003

U.S. star Aly Wagner holds the new adidas Supernova

Technically speaking, the Fevernova remains unchanged. Externally, however, the official match ball for the FIFA Women’s World Cup has a new design. This time around it comes in white, with blue, red and gold rotor design. 

See Also:  Latest Soccer Ball Developments

  History of the World Cup Official Soccer Balls

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2003 Women's World Cup Ball Official World Cup Soccer Ball 2002 - Fevernova

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

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Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

telstar-1970 Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

1970 Telstar Durlast 1 Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

The above Telstar ball (that was made in France) picture was provided by Jacques Barralon

The Adidas Telstar was named after the Telstar satellite. The ball was completely made of leather like all other balls in its time; however, unlike any other ball, it featured 32 hand-stitched panels (12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons). This created the roundest sphere of its time.

Telstar Satellite Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

Telstar Satellite

The revolutionary design of Telstar re-wrote soccer ball history: it was the first white football ever to be decorated with black pentagons. Mexico 1970 was the first live televised FIFA World Cup and the revolutionary design of Telstar. The name derives from “Star of Television” which made the ball far more visible on black and white television. Until this day, the Adidas Telstar remains the common design type of all generic soccer balls.

Telestar_1970 Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

Only 20 Telstars (without graphics) were provided for the 1970 World Cup

The above picture was supplied by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa

According to Francisco: “The Telstar balls with NO marks or logos were made EXCLUSIVELY for the matches of the world cup… This ball was a gift from the organization committee of the world cup to a radio journalist in Mexico city.
The ball was used in the previous match to the ” Game of the Century ” Germany vs Italy at Azteca stadium.
The ball originally belonged to the German team. They returned the ball to the committee. The committee in turn gave the ball to the journalist as a gift…The journalist had the above pictured ball in his house for over 38 years!
All Telstar balls with marks like “adidas”,”official world cup Mexico”,”Telstar Durlast ” are originals too, but they were not used in the world cup.
These balls with marks were sold in stores or by catalogue..
3 kinds of balls were used in the world cup. All with 32 panels, and with NO marks.
1) White ball. All panels were white.
2) Brown ball. All panels were brown.
3) And this one, the most popular and used in the world cup, with 20 hexagons white and 12 pentagons black.”

Thank you for the information and picture Francisco!


santiago_ENGLAND_1966 Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

Here is a picture of a white Santiago ball which was the “unofficial” ball of the 1966 World Cup in England (courtesy of carlos del castillo)

1968 Telstar Elast 2 Official World Cup Telstar Match Soccer Ball

The first Adidas Telstar called ELAST