What kind of ball is used in the FIFA World Cup?


The FIFA regulations on the ball are found in FIFA 2014/2015 Laws of the Game (PDF), Law 2:


Qualities and measurements

The ball is:

spherical made of leather or other suitable material of a circumference of not more than 70 cm (28 ins) and not less than 68 cm (27 ins) not more than 450 g (16 oz) and not less than 410 g (14 oz) in weight at the start of the match of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 1.1 atmosphere (600 – 1,100 g/cm2 ) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in – 15.6 lbs/sq in)

These are the general regulations for any ball, whether or not it is used in the World Cup.

However, as is the case with every World Cup, they have developed a new ball to be used in this year's 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It is the Adidas Brazuca:

The specifications for the Adidas Brazuca are:

Six polyurethane panels 437 grams 69 cm circumference 0.2% water absorption 141 cm rebound 7% loss of pressure ...
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FIFA's laws continue to state that 'The ball may not be changed during the match without the authority of the referee.' However as you may have seen during the FIFA World Cup as well as other competitions, many associations have accepted the Multiball system. So it is hard to find a documented maximum number or an average number of balls per match. But as per the wikipedia entry on the Multiball system, generally about a maximum of 7 balls are used per game.

Also, I read here that Adidas manufactured and tested 20 balls for the Final World Cup game between Germany and Argentina.

A lot of people are against this system because home teams, specially in England use it to their advantage and ask the local ball boys to waste time during away throw-ins,...

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There are 32 teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In order to get into the tournament, teams had to participate in regional preliminary qualifying tournaments. Only Brazil, as the host country, received an automatic bid into the final tournament. (Source)

These 32 teams are organized into 8 groups of 4, labelled A through H. To decide which teams are in each group, first the top eight teams are seeded into the first position of each group. (Brazil, as the host country, is automatically seeded as team A1.) After these 8 teams are each put into separate groups, the rest of the teams are placed into the groups based on geography and random draw. (Source)

The first stage of the tournament is called the Group Stage. In this stage, each team plays the other three teams in their group. That means that each of the 32 teams plays 3 matches, for a total of 6 matches in each group, and 48 matches in the entire group stage. The Group Stage is scheduled for June 12-26,...

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The practice of introducing new soccer balls every year is almost entirely driven by commercial interests (notwithstanding the heritage and memorability reasons). FIFA and the World Cup's organizing bodies enter into numerous sponsorship deals(such as Official Beverage etc) and the Official World Cup Ball is just one of the bigger deals.

Every new ball brings with it a new set of variables such as speed, swerve and consistency that take getting used. So, going by purely the interest of the game, a new ball every World Cup is extremely detrimental to the players and the teams.

But with FIFA raking in millions of dollars with the sale of the Official Ball rights, this is a healthy win-win practice that shall continue.

No figure has been put on the value of the deal, though the last adidas deal for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments was reckoned to be worth $350 million.

You can read more on this here.

Adidas gets humongous amounts of...

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The Adidas Brazuca was the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil.[1][2][3] It is designed by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier since 1970.[1][2][3]

The name of the ball was revealed on 2 September 2012.[2] It was selected by a public vote organised by the Local Organising Committee and Adidas, with over one million Brazilian football fans voting.[2] The name Brazuca was chosen with 77.8% of the vote. Two other voting options were given: Bossa Nova (14.6% of the vote) and Carnavalesca (7.6% of the vote).[2]

According to FIFA, "the informal term 'brazuca' (our fellow) is used by Brazilians to describe national pride in the Brazilian way of life", and "mirroring their approach to football, it symbolises emotion, pride and goodwill to all".[1][2] The term is also used as slang for "Brazilian" and became well-known abroad due to the Brazilian diaspora.

Technical aspects[edit]

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A press conference was held at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo following a meeting of the Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012. FIFA Secretary General...

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in professional leagues, it depends what kind of ball they use. i know that major league soccer in north america uses the high end adidas ball which was introduced in the league after the 2006 world cup. the english premier league, the italian serie a, the top division in italy, and the la liga, which is the top division in spain, use the high end nike balls that are worth $140. and the japanese league, major league soccer and several other leagues, as well as the world cup use the high end adidas balls which are worth $130 - $140. the adidas balls are said to be perfectly round and the nike balls are said to be easier to see in the air by the goalkeepers when a player takes a shot.

Source(s): i watch a lot of soccer from different leagues and i know what type of soccer balls they use....

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So, what is Goal line technology?
It is a technological system to judge whether the ball has passed the goal line inside goal or not. Basically to accurately judge whether a goal is scored or not.

This technology is helpful in ambiguous cases; two of them is depicted in the pic

To solve this ambiguity, basically two types of Goal line technology are used:
1. Hawkeye (currently used in FIFA)
2. GoalRef (cheaper than Hawkeye)

1. In Hawk eye 14 cameras are used, seven aimed at each goal. The images captured by the cameras get sent to a powerful computer that recognizes the ball's movement but ignores the motions of players, referees, and other objects.

It basically regenerates a virtual picture of the ball at actual position(on computer screens, which can be viewed at various angles to judge whether a goal is scored) with accuracy of 3 mm to 5 mm which is better than the accuracy limits prescribed by FIFA (which is +/- 3 cm).
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Updated: 04/1/16

In upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil the official match ball is already named and it is “Brazuca”. This task is taken by the famous sport brand adidas. It took two and half years in making the Brazuca. Adidas has been the supplier for FIFA World Cup official match ball since 1970. Brazuca is the first FIFA World Cup official match ball named by the fans.

Naming the official match ball:

On 2 September 2012 the name “Brazuca” was revealed as the FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball. A public voting was arranged by the local organizing committee and Adidas. In this voting over one million Brazilian football fans were voting. With 77.8% of the vote the name “Brazuca” was chosen for the FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball. Others included Bossa Nova (14.6%) and Carnavalesca ( 7.6%).

“Brazuca” is a contraction of Brazilian and Bazuca, Portuguese for “bazooka”. The term is used by the Brazilians to describe national pride in...

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What a world cup! As I’m writing this article, the group phase is still not over and we have already seen a myriad of breathtaking goals and a bunch of memorable games! Also, as opposed to the 2010 world cup, the big stars have all scored or played fantastically (except Ronaldo?). Yet, none of these stars has had nearly as much TV time as the true big star of the World Cup. This big star appears in all games and gets more slow-mo replays than any one else.

Who are you talking about?

I’m talking about Brazuca.

Who’s Brazuca?

Brazuca is the official ball of the World Cup. She (he?) is the one that billions of people are following with their eyes, as they hope that she will activate the infamous goal-line technology! Sadly, this big star of the World Cup doesn’t get enough focus from the medias. And yet, there’s a lot to say about Brazuca. As I’ve just read it in this mind-blowing article in French by...

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On 1930 Fifa World Cup final, because of a dispute, a different ball was used in each half, one chosen by each team. Argentina's ball was used for the first half, and Uruguay's ball was used for the second half.

1930 World Cup Final ball argentin
1930 World Cup Final ball uruguay
The Federale 102, the official match ball of the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy
1938 World Cup ball - Allen
1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil Superball Duplo-T match ball

The official match ball of the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland - Swiss World Champion
Top Star -Original-ball-used-at-the-1958-world-cup at Sweden
CRACK, the official match ball of the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile
The Special Edition Slazenger match ball of the 1966 FIFA World Cup final between England and Germany in England

Adidas Telstar the official match ball of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. The ball was painted with black and white...

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This year’s World Cup is definitely off to a great start with lots of exciting moments, surprising results and great goals. What I am equally excited about is that we are seeing the most technologically advanced World Cup in history. Goal line technology was put in use for the first time with Karim Benzema’s goal against Honduras, social media is taking the center stage and the most advanced uniforms yet are being used – however, to me it’s what you don’t see that is even more exciting.

Technology in sports is what gets me up in the morning. I am really lucky to be working in adidas’ miCoach team, taking care of the miCoach elite Team System which is the first of its kind that uses integrated fabric heart rate sensors and collects physiological data sending it in real time straight to a coach’s tablet on the side-line. The system not only provides real-time insights during training, but tracks total training impact, collects and manages data and is highly...

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Atletico Nacional's Orlando Berrio reacts after missing a chance to score in the Fifa Club World Cup semifinal.

Video evidence was used to award a penalty for the first time in a Fifa competition at the Club World Cup on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) when the referee gave Kashima Antlers a controversial spot kick in their 3-0 semifinal win over Colombia's Atletico Nacional.

An off-field official known as a video assistant referee (VAR) called attention to an infringement by Orlando Berrio and Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai walked to the side of the pitch to review the incident on a computer screen.

Kassai awarded the 33rd minute penalty that Shoma Doi converted to give a 1-0 lead to Japanese side Kashima, who will play either Real Madrid or Club America in Sunday's (Monday NZT) final.


Mateus Uribe of Atletico Nacional leaps to kick the ball during Fifa Club World Cup semifinal...

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Players in tonight's World Cup final in Brazil will battle for possession of the Brazuca, the official tournament ball. Adidas global football innovation director Antonio Zea told us how robot legs, shooting machines and wind tunnels were employed to make this "the most tested match ball ever" (+ interview).

Following criticisms of the Jabulani ball used at the last World Cup, testing of the Brazuca "took more than 2.5 years and yielded our most tested match ball ever," Zea told Dezeen, describing one of the trials the ball endured: "FIFA requires we test for 2000 cycles in our ball shooter machine. The test fires the ball at a wall that is covered with studs."

The Brazuca features the smallest number of panels used to create any ball in the history of the tournament, with six identical propeller-shaped pieces of flexible plastic that are thermally bonded to create the ball's synthetic outer skin.

"This specific panel shape and use of only six panels creates a...

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Telstar : Mexico, 1970

Adidas started to make soccer balls in 1963 but made the first official FIFA World Cup ball in 1970.

This is the first ball used in the World Cup to use the Buckminster type of design. Also, the first ball with 32 black and white panels. The TELSTAR was more visible on black and white televisions (1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was the first to be broadcast live on television).

Telstar Durlast R : West Germany, 1974

Two match balls were used in 1974 – adidas Telstar was updated with new black branding replacing the gold branding and a new all-white version of Telstar named adidas Chile was introduced. 1974 was also the first time World Cup match balls could carry names and logos.

Tango Durlast: Argentina, 1978The ...

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Football (or soccer for North Americans and Australians) holds a World Cup every four years. Sadly, my own national team, Northern Ireland, hasn’t reached the finals since 1982, and despite the recent goal-scoring feats of David Healy, doesn’t look like doing so anytime soon.

Tears aside, here’s the first in a series of posts featuring sport logos, this time showcasing World Cup logos from Brazil in 1950 to South Africa in 2010. I’ve added a little trivia for the football buffs.

Brazil 1950 logo

The 1950 World Cup was the first to include British participants. British teams withdrew from FIFA in 1920, partly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against a foreign influence on football.

FINAL SCORE: Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (there was no actual final this year, and the tournament was decided by a round-robin between four teams, with this match considered the decisive result to crown...

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Personalized Match Ball for every game of FIFA World Cup ™

The adidas +Teamgeist™ Berlin, the Match Ball especially produced for the final game in Berlin on July 9th, was officially unveiled by the President of the Organizing Committee, Franz Beckenbauer at the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin. The golden adidas +Teamgeist™ Berlin will only be used in one game, the single most important game in global football, the FIFA World Cup™ final.ґ

“The FIFA World Cup final is the most important match in the history of sport. There really is no greater thing than to play in a World Cup final. That is why I think it is a fantastic idea to have a very special ball especially for this match,” said Franz Beckenbauer President of the FIFA World Cup™ Organizing Committee: “Sure, the ball will still be round, no change there. But it will be a very special game and it is going to be played with a golden match...

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Republic of Ireland vs France was a two-legged football play-off held on 14 and 18 November 2009 between the national teams of the Republic of Ireland and France as part of the UEFA second round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The first match was held on 14 November in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, and ended in a 1–0 victory for France with Nicolas Anelka scoring. The second leg, played on 18 November in the Stade de France outside Paris, France, finished in a 1–1 tie (with Robbie Keane and William Gallas each scoring one goal), meaning that France progressed to the World Cup at Ireland's expense based on the aggregate score.

After the second leg, the French captain Thierry Henry admitted to Irish defender Richard Dunne that he had illegally handled the ball in the build-up to Gallas's match-winning goal, which had been scored in extra time with 17 minutes remaining in the game.

The incident led to calls from the Football Association of Ireland and...

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The Rugby World Cup is a men's rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament was first held in 1987, when the tournament was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand are the current champions, having defeated Australia in the final of the 2015 tournament in England.

The winners are awarded the William Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the Rugby School pupil who — according to a popular legend — invented rugby by picking up the ball during a football game. Four countries have won the trophy; New Zealand have won it three times, two teams have won twice, Australia and South Africa, while England have won it once.

The tournament is administered by World Rugby, the sport's international governing body. Sixteen teams were invited to participate in the inaugural tournament in 1987, however since 1999 twenty teams have taken part. Japan will host the next event in 2019.


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WINNIPEG, Canada (June 12, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team drew Sweden 0-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 32,716 at Winnipeg Stadium to remain in first place of Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Sweden’s strongest opportunity and only shot on goal came in the 77th minute from a set piece play. After a scramble in the USA box, Caroline Seger took a shot that looked like it would give Sweden the lead, but U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg made an unbelievable save, heading the ball off the goal line with a little help from the crossbar to keep Sweden off the board.

In the day’s other Group D match, Australia defeated Nigeria 2-0 with two second half goals by Kyah Simon. Following today’s matches, the USA (1-0-1; 4 points) sits in first place of Group D, followed by Australia (1-1-0; 3 points), Sweden (0-0-2; 2 points) and Nigeria (0-1-1; 1 point).

The U.S. continues the tournament against Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver where it will wrap...

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The history of the soccer ball covers all details about its evolution along the ages.

Though maybe your biggest curiosity is really knowing… who invented the soccer ball?

Who was it? How did it happen? Where? And, why?

That’s exactly what I’ll be revealing here!

Want to learn even more about the invention of the soccer ball?

Keep on reading!

I’ll teach you about everything that lead to that moment in time, with an exciting take on the history of the soccer ball.

Here’s what you’ll learn from this post…

Who Invented the Soccer Ball?

The inventor of the first soccer ball of modern age is considered to be Charles Goodyear and he did it 1855.

Here’s an illustration of Charles Goodyear that was published in 1891 on a «Scientific American» article. Charles does look like a good old sport, doesn’t he?

Charles Goodyear invented the soccer ball

Who Was Charles Goodyear?

Charles Goodyear,...

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