List of FIFA World Cup official match balls

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

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

World Cup Ball(s) Image Manufacture Additional information Refs
1930 Tiento (first half)
T-model (second 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)[2] and won 4–2. [2][3]
1934 Federale 102 Federale 102.jpg ECAS
(Ente Centrale Approvvigionamento Sportivi), Rome
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. [5]
1950 Duplo T Duplo T-1950.jpg Superball First ball to have no laces and introduce the syringe valve. [6]
1954 Swiss World Champion Swiss World Champion-1954.jpg Kost Sport, Basel The first 18-panel ball. [3][7]
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. [8][9]
1962 Crack Crack-1962.jpg Senor 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.[2] [2][3][8][10]
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. [3][11]
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. [3][12]
1974 Telstar Durlast Fifaworldcup1974.JPG Adidas The first polyurethane coated ball, making it waterproof and resistant to wear and tear. [3]
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. See also Adidas Tango [3]
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. [3]
1986 Azteca Adidas Azteca Mexico 1986 Official ball.jpg Adidas First fully synthetic FIFA World Cup ball and first hand-sewed ball [3]
1990 Etrusco Unico Etrusco Unico 1990 Fifa World Cup Italy Official Match Ball.jpg Adidas [3]
1994 Questra[13] Adidas Questra USA 1994 Official ball.jpg Adidas [3]
1998 Tricolore 1998 - Tricolore (France) (4170715889).jpg Adidas First multi-coloured ball at a World Cup finals tournament. [3]
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. [14][15]
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.[16] [3]
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.[17] 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.[18] [3]
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. [3][19]
Jo'bulani Jo'bulani.jpg
2011 (women) SpeedCell Adidas Technically identical to the Jabulani, but with a different visual design. [20]
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. [21]
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. [22]
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.[23] [24]
Telstar Mechta Adidas Telstar Mechta Ball On the Handover Ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup host mantle.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. [25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official match balls of the FIFA World Cup™
  2. ^ a b c d Classic Footballs. The Blizzard. 1 September 2012. ISBN 978-1908940063.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "The Footballs during the FIFA World Cup". Football Facts. FIFA. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  4. ^ Matteo, Renato. ""Federale 102". 1934 Italia World Cup Ball" (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  5. ^ ""Allen". 1938 France World Cup Ball" (in Spanish and English). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  6. ^ ""Super Duplo T". 1950 Brazil World Cup Official Matchball" (in Spanish and English). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  7. ^ "1954 Switzerland World Cup Official Matchball" (in Spanish and English). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Top Star 1958" (in Spanish and English). Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  10. ^ Matteo, Renato (11 June 2010). ""Crack". 1962 Chile World Cup Official Matchball". Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  11. ^ Matteo, Renato (11 June 2010). ""Slazenger Challenge 4-star". 1966 England World Cup Official Matchball". Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  12. ^ Brown balls are visible in Getty Images photos of matches in the Estadio Nou Camp, [[León, Guanajuato|]]:
  13. ^ football World – Adidas Questra (Accessed 9 June 2006)
  14. ^ "Adidas Equipment Icon". Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  15. ^ "69 days to go" (Press release). FIFA. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Official World Cup Fevernova Soccer Ball". Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  17. ^ football World – Team Geist (Accessed 9 June 2006)
  18. ^ "The History of the Official World Cup Match Balls". 29 December 2016.
  19. ^ "The adidas JO'BULANI – Official Match Ball for the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa". FIFA. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  20. ^ "Official Women's World Cup Match Ball: SpeedCell". Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  21. ^ "adidas Brazuca – Name of Official Match Ball decided by Brazilian fans". FIFA. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  22. ^ "adidas unveils Official Match Ball for the Final of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015" (Press release). FIFA. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  23. ^ Liao, George (June 21, 2018). "Ball loses air in four incidents since World Cup kicked off". Taiwan News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  24. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup™ official match ball unveiled: an exciting re-imagining" (Press release). FIFA. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  25. ^ "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.

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