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Adidas unveils 'fastest in flight' World Cup match ball Al Rihla for Qatar 2022

10:59 BST 30/03/2022
Al Rihla 2022 World Cup official match ball
The sportswear manufacturer has unveiled its 14th ball created for the international tournament

Adidas has unveiled its official 'Al Rihla' match ball for the 2022 World Cup, which the company claims to be the fastest ball "in flight" in the history of the competition.

The latest edition of the World Cup will be staged in Qatar, with 32 teams set to compete for the most prestigious trophy in international football in November.

Adidas has now unveiled its 14th model specifically created for the tournament, which has been designed for the highest game speeds.

What is the official World Cup 2022 ball?

Al Rihla translates to 'the journey' in Arabic, with the ball design drawing inspiration from Qatar's unique architecture, "iconic" boats and national flag.

The Al Rihla is said to move quicker in the air than any of the previous World Cup balls and reportedly provides "the highest level of accuracy and reliability on the field of play".

Franziska Loeffelmann, design director in the football graphics and hardwear department at Adidas, has offered a summary of the ball's key features.

“The game is getting faster, and as it speeds up, accuracy and flight stability becomes critically important," she said of the Al Rihla. "The new design allows the ball to maintain its speed significantly higher as it journeys through the air."

What are Al Rihla's other features?

The core of the Al Rihla has been designed to "improve accuracy and consistency" and support quick passages of play while keeping shape. The 20 panels of the ball are included to help enhance aerodynamics, helping players improve the accuracy and swerve of their shots.

The Al Rihla was made purely from water-based inks and glues, a first for a World Cup model, and the launch of the ball marks the beginning of a global tour for Adidas to help "improve access and equity" for local football communities.

One per cent of all Al Rihla sales will be donated to the Common Goal movement, with the ball officially available for purchase exclusively via adidas.com and the company's retail stores from March 30.

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How much does it cost to buy the Al Rihla World Cup ball?

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Country / Region

Price

United States

$165

United Kingdom

£130

EU

€155

If you want to play with the official 2022 World Cup ball, it is going to set you back a fair price.

The Al Rihla is retailing on Adidas' official website for $165 if you are in the U.S.

It is priced at £130 if you are in the UK or €155 if you are buying in the EU.

You can buy the official Al Rihla World Cup 2022 match ball here.

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