Qatar is gearing up for the upcoming FIFA world cup 2022. Since this country is small in size but still, it has arranged everything to make the world cup special compared to the previous world cups. The best thing is that FIFA is especially showing its interest to make this event historical because this is the first football world cup in any Middle East country. This is the reason, it is always a great thing for the officials to make these matches and the event as interesting they could be. As a result, this event has several new features. From specialized stadiums to specialized balls, everything gets attraction from the different parts of the world. Billions of football fans worldwide are waiting eagerly to enjoy their favorite football matches and to watch their preferred sports stars playing the game.
Recently, FIFA World Cup 2022 partner Adidas has unveiled the official football that is specifically for the upcoming event. “Al Rihla” is the official name of this football and due to its outstanding features, people showing their interest to know more about this.
Al Rihla – The Official Name of FIFA World Cup 2022 Football
The ball named, Al Rihla is the official match ball for the FIFA world cup Qatar 2022. According to the officials, this is the 14th successive football that has been created by sports accessory maker Adidas. According to the design team, the football travels faster than any other football in the world and supports the fastest game speeds. People will get excited and energetic about these matches since they all have these special features. The special features of these matches will ensure people get excited and wait in anticipation for these matches to be enjoyable.
In the current version of the game, Franziska Loeffelmann, design director, says the speed has increased significantly and during this speed increase the accuracy and flight timing become increasingly important. The latest design helps the ball to maintain its top speed significantly much higher as it goes through the air. When it comes to mega events like the FIFA world cup, we try to set out the impossible to possible with innovation. This is our inner story of making the fastest football to date.
The design of this football is all about providing a longer flight and the highest speed while maintaining accuracy. Since it has to design according to meet these parameters, there are several rigorous tests have been conducted in the lab of Adidas. The football has to go through wind tunnel testing, on-pitching, and a digital simulation, process to make this happen. According to the veterans, Al Rihla offers the highest level of accuracy along with reliability on the field while playing thanks to the new panel shape and surface texture. These are basic things that make this football special and much more reliable compared to the yesteryears footballs.
Basic features of Al Rihla
CTR-Core is an innovative core within the ball that mainly works to increase accuracy and consistency, keeping the ball faster and precise while playing. It helps with maximum shape air retention.
- Speed Shell
The polyurethane skin of the ball features micro along with macro textures along with 20 piece panel shape. This improves the ball’s aerodynamics, accuracy, and flight stability.
According to the design team, Al Rihla has been designed eyeing the environment. No materials are being used that could pose a threat to the environment. All of the components are being selected very carefully and this is the first world cup football that is being made using water-based glue and inks. Due to this outstanding feature, this football is considered one of the most interesting and eco-friendly sports items.
The excellently bold along with vibrant color and graphics set on a pearlescent background that reflects the increasing speed of the game. The speed is mainly revealing the texture of color that can excite the players and fans at the same time. According to the designers, the look of this ball will be accepted by all players from grass root to elite level.
Al Rihla Means “The Journey”
Al Rihla is an Arabic word that means “The Journey”. Inspired by Qatar’s architecture, iconic boats, and flag, it boasts a contemporary look. According to Adidas officials, the launch of Al Rihla will be across 10 cities around the globe. Adidas specifically planned a series of events in these cities to improve awareness while accessing and equating the sport among the local people of these planner cities.
The Journey of Al Rihla
The Al Rihla journey will begin in Qatar. The unveiling will take place with the involvement of great players Casillas and Kaka, as well as Farah Jefry and Nouf Al Anzi. They will hit the pitch along with aspiring football players from different Middle Eastern countries like Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The young and aspirant footballers are going to feature in the inauguration ceremony of this latest football.
Al Rihla is going to debut on a specialized pitch that is created for this special event before going to be transported and donated to the Challenge F.C which is known as the first-ever women’s football league champions in Saudi Arabia.
It is possible that Al Rihla will travel to various locations around the world to spread awareness about the new generation of football for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The pre-planned events that can popularize this football throughout the local communities will handle all of these touching points perfectly.
According to many football fans, this ball is going to make the event more spectacular and the FIFA world cup 2022 is going to be a memorable event for football fans.