List of FIFA World Cup official match balls

World Cup Ball(s) Image Manufacture Additional information Refs
1930 Tiento (first half)
T-model (second half)
  Two different balls were used in the final: Argentina supplied the first-half ball (the ‘Tiento’) and led 2–1 at the break; hosts Uruguay supplied the second-half ball (the ‘T-Model’ which was larger and heavier)[2] and won 4–2. [2][3]
1934 Federale 102 ECAS
(Ente Centrale Approvvigionamento Sportivi), Rome
1938 Allen Allen, Paris Made up of leather, consisted of 13 panels and had white cotton laces on a separate thin panel. [5]
1950 Duplo T Superball First ball to have no laces and introduce the syringe valve. [6]
1954 Swiss World Champion Kost Sport, Basel The first 18-panel ball. [3][7]
1958 Top Star Sydsvenska Läder och Remfabriken, Ängelholm
(aka “Remmen” or “Sydläder”)
Chosen from 102 candidates in a blind test by four FIFA officials. [8][9]
1962 Crack Top Star Senor Custodio Zamora H.,
San Miguel, Chile Remmen
The Crack was the official ball. Referee Ken Aston was unimpressed with the Chilean ball provided for the opening match, and sent for a European ball, which arrived in the second half. Various matches used different balls, with the apparent rumour the European teams didn’t trust the locally produced ball.[2] [2][3][8][10]
1966 Challenge 4-Star Slazenger 18-panel ball in orange or yellow. Selected in a blind test at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square. [3][11]
1970 Telstar Adidas Telstar was the first 32-panel black-and-white ball used in the FIFA World Cup finals. Only 20 were supplied by Adidas. A brown ball (Germany-Peru) and a white ball (first half of Italy-Germany) were used in some matches. [3][12]
1974 Telstar Durlast Adidas The first polyurethane coated ball, making it waterproof and resistant to wear and tear. [3]
1978 Tango Adidas [3]
1982 Tango España Adidas Similar to its predecessor the Tango the Tango España had a polyurethane coating. It had new and improved rubberized seams and was the last leather ball to be used in the World Cup. [3]
1986 Azteca Adidas First fully synthetic FIFA World Cup ball and first hand-sewed ball [3]
1990 Etrusco Unico Adidas [3]
1994 Questra[13] Adidas [3]
1998 Tricolore Adidas First multi-coloured ball at a World Cup finals tournament. [3]
1999 (women) Icon Adidas First ball specifically created for a Women’s World Cup. Technically identical to the Tricolore, but with a different visual design. [14][15]
2002 Fevernova Adidas First World Cup ball with a triangular design. The ball for the 2003 Women’s World Cup was technically identical to the Fevernova, but had a different visual design.[16] [3]
2006 Teamgeist Adidas The Teamgeist is a 14-panel ball. Each match at the World Cup finals had its own individual ball, printed with the date of the match, the stadium and the team names.[17] A special variant, the gold-coloured Teamgeist Berlin, was used in the final match. As in 2003, the ball used for the 2007 Women’s World Cup was identical in performance to the ball used in the previous year’s World Cup, but with a different visual design.[18] [3]
Teamgeist Berlin
2010 Jabulani Adidas This ball has 8 panels. A special variant was used for the final match, the gold Jo’bulani (picture on the left), which was named after “Jo’burg”, a standard South African nickname for Johannesburg, site of the final game. The ball was notable for the controversy it attracted, with players and fans contending that its aerodynamics were unusually unpredictable. [3][19]
2011 (women) SpeedCell Adidas Technically identical to the Jabulani, but with a different visual design. [20]
2014 Brazuca Adidas This is the first FIFA World Cup ball named by the fans. The ball has been made of six polyurethane panels which have been thermally bonded. The ball was manufactured in Pakistan. [21]
Brazuca Final Rio
2015 (women) Conext15 Adidas Based on the technology introduced in the Brazuca. The Conext15 Final Vancouver is the first ball created specifically for a Women’s World Cup Final. [22]
Conext15 Final Vancouver
2018 Telstar 18 Adidas Design created in tribute to the original Telstar[23] [24]
Telstar Mechta At the end of the 2018 World Cup group stage, FIFA revealed a new design to be used in the knockout stage: the Telstar Mechta (Мечта). “Mechta” means dream or ambition in Russian.
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