From the “journey” to the “dream”… Get to know the Qatar World Cup balls

The curtain has recently fallen on the name and specifications of the official World Cup ball to be played in the semi-final and final matches of the FIFA World Cup currently being held in Qatar.

And after the group stage, round of 16 and quarter-finals of the finals took place with the “travel” ball, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) announced that the ball used in the semi-finals and the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bears the name “The Dream”.

In this report, Enab Baladi monitors the design and specifications of the “Journey” and “Dream” soccer balls used in the 2022 World Cup, and sheds light on a brief history of the World Cup soccer balls, making their mark in the tournament left which is held once every four years.

What is “the journey”?

Months before the start of the World Cup, FIFA announced that the official ball used in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be called “The Journey”. He said that the name was inspired by the culture, architecture, famous boats and the flag of the state of Qatar, which hosts the tournament.

And theContains “The Journey” has 20 panels, eight of which are small triangles with almost equal sides, and 12 larger triangles, shaped like an “ice cream” cone.

And the designer company, German “Adidas” for the production of sports equipment and clothing, placed small gaps in the surface of the “flight” to make it tougher and more aerodynamic, covering it with properties that give its surface a relatively smooth feel compared to its predecessors.

The “travel” ball is connected to an electric charger, which is charged before the start of each game. The reason for charging is the presence of electronic sensors that send 500 signals per second to the cameras in the stadium and the video technology room (VAR), and are charged because they are connected to the semi-automatic intrusion detection system.

Japanese researchers tested the last four World Cup balls in a wind tunnel at the University of Tsukuba, and found that the “flight” has aerodynamic properties, much like its predecessors, and can move a little faster.

“The Flight” is the 14th ball in the history of the World Cup finals, and it is the first in the history of the tournament to be made of water-based inks and adhesives, and is characterized by moving in flight at a speed that surpassing any other ball in the history of the tournament.

Designed with sustainability as a priority, the outer shell is made of PU leather, which improves accuracy and stability when flying and swinging, and its inner design provides speed and consistency of agile movement, with maximum air retention and recoil accuracy.

The “travel” ball used in the group stage, round of 16 and quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (adidas)

“The Dream” in the Golden Square

The “Dream” ball is made with the same technological specifications used in the “Journey”, which is based on the “Connect Ball” system designed by “Adidas”, a technology that identifies offside situations faster and more accurately.

And theDepends The technology is based on the positioning data of the players inside the green rectangle to provide the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) with real-time information that enables him to make the right decisions.

This technology provides the necessary support for the semi-automatic system to identify offside positions, enabling it to recognize “with extreme accuracy” the moment the ball was played during unclear offside situations, through the ball data received from the sensor installed on. the “dream” and the use of technology Artificial intelligence.

The “Dream” ball is the first ball in the history of official balls used in the semi-finals and finals of the World Cup to be made exclusively of water-based inks and adhesives, after considering environmental protection in its design.

The design of this ball is based on a golden ground, with small triangular shapes, inspired by the deserts around the city of Doha. The “dream” also includes the color of the original World Cup trophy, and lines in the color of the Qatari flag.

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A model of the World Cup next to the “dream” ball used in the semi-finals and finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup – (Road to 2022 / Twitter)

Round sheet “protocol”.

The use and award of an official ball at each edition of the FIFA World Cup Finals has become a tradition and an official “protocol” to bear a specific design and symbolism specific to the global event.

The ball was made entirely of animal skin, but it was heavy, and developed with successive tournaments, using high materials and techniques, until it became lighter, more accurate and faster.

The first version of the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay witnessed the presence of two balls, as there was no official ball at that time, and no rule was followed as to who would provide the balls, and accordingly the two finalists, Argentina and Uruguay , brought their own ball to the final game.

Argentina went two goals to one in the first half, which saw the use of a ball called “Tiento”, before Uruguay returned in the second half with its famous “T-model” ball, to end the game with a to complete a count of four. goals to two.

The 1966 World Cup, held in England, was the last to see match balls supplied by the host nation, and after careful deliberation the FA chose the single-panel Challenge 4-Star ball in orange and yellow.

In 1962, Adidas was chosen as the main manufacturer of World Cup balls, and tournament balls were designed by the company from the 1970 World Cup to the current World Cup.

The Telstar ball was the first official World Cup match ball in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Designed by Adidas, the Telstar is one of the most famous World Cup balls of all time, thanks to its 32-panel black and white design.

Most modern soccer balls consist of 12 panels of pentagonal and hexagonal panels, and some consist of 32 panels. Polygons are used to form the shape of the ball that is closest to the circular shape. The ball weighs between 410 and 450 grams, and inside it is a rubber “balloon” that allows the ball to be compressed and bounced.

Also Read: Historic and other figures that are difficult to break in the Qatar World Cup

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The “Tiento” ball used by the Argentina national team in the FIFA World Cup final against Uruguay, 1930 edition (FIFA)

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The “T-model” ball used by Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup final against Argentina in 1930 (FIFA).

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