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Adidas release official World Cup match ball for Qatar 2022
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Cian Cheesbrough
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Adidas have released the official 2022 World Cup ball
Adidas have released the official 2022 World Cup ball

Adidas have revealed their official match ball for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It is less than eight months until the first-ever winter tournament kicks off and we now know what stars such as Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba will be striking towards goal.

Translating as "the journey" in Arabic, the Al Rihla ball is inspired by the architecture, boats and flag of the host nation.

It is the 14th successive occasion the brand have created the ball for the World Cup, with the current design following on from the Telstar used at Russia 2018.

Their latest edition is designed to support the high-speed nature of the modern game with the ball travelling faster in flight than any of its predecessors, according to adidas.

That is matched by the sharp and vibrant colours, which are sure to catch the eye at this year’s tournament.

Lionel Messi with the the official 2022 World Cup match ball
Lionel Messi with the the official 2022 World Cup match ball

Adidas design director Franziska Loeffelmann said: "The game is getting faster, and as it speeds up, accuracy and flight stability becomes critically important.

"The new design allows the ball to maintain its speed significantly higher as it journeys through the air. 

"For the biggest global stage in all of sport, we set out to make the impossible, possible with radical innovation by creating the fastest and most accurate World Cup ball to date."

It will be the first ball in the tournament’s 92-year history that will directly contribute to charity, with 1% of net proceeds going towards the Common Goal movement.

The group stage draw for this year's tournament takes place on Friday, with 27 teams having already qualified for the winter showpiece.

The adidas World Cup Ball 2022 Pro drops on March 30 and will be exclusively available online and at adidas retail stores until April 12.

The ball's design was inspired by the architecture and flag of host nation Qatar
The ball's design was inspired by the architecture and flag of host nation Qatar

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