Adidas just officially revealed the brand-new Al Rihla 2022 World Cup football, confirming that it would be available exclusive through Adidas stores until April 12, 2022.
03 April 2022, 12:00 AM
30 April 2022, 12:00 AM
Al Rihla has been revealed by adidas as the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Rihla is the Arabic word for a journey or the travelogue that documents it.
The 14th successive ball that adidas has created for the FIFA World Cup is designed to support peak game speeds, as it travels faster in flight than any ball in the tournament’s history.
Jean-François Pathy, FIFA’s Director of Marketing said, “This is a stunning, sustainable and high-quality Official Match Ball from adidas that will be enjoyed by stars performing at the top of their game on the world’s biggest stage in Qatar, as well as grassroots players everywhere.”
The ball was designed with sustainability as a priority; indeed, Al Rihla is the first FIFA World Cup ball to be made exclusively with water-based inks and glues.
Al Rihla’s first public appearance will be alongside legends such as Iker Casillas, Kaká, Farah Jefry and Nouf Al Anzi, who will be joined by a diverse mix of talents, including promising female footballers from Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, plus next-generation players from Doha’s Aspire Academy.
The launch will mark the start of Al Rihla’s journey to ten cities across the globe – including Dubai, Tokyo, Mexico City and New York – where adidas is rolling out a series of initiatives aimed at improving access to and equity in sport amongst local communities.