Adidas reveal Official Match Ball of the FIFA World Cup Final

Adidas reveals Official Match Ball of 2022 FIFA World Cup Final

December 12, 2022

Adidas has unveiled Al Hilm, the Official Match Ball for the Semi-finals and the Final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Al Hilm, which translates to “The Dream” in Arabic, follows on from the Official Match Ball of the group stages, Al Rihla, which is Arabic for “The Journey”.

Both balls feature the same technology, engineered to support the highest game speeds as they travel faster in flight than any other World Cup ball. Al Hilm is revealed with a unique graphic design, befitting of an occasion as historic as the final matches of a FIFA World Cup.

The design is set on a textured gold base colour which features a subtle triangular pattern, drawing inspiration from the sparkling deserts of the region that surround the city, the colour of the FIFA World Cup trophy, and the pattern of the Qatar flag. Bold red accents complement the graphic, reflecting both the generative architecture of Qatar and, once again, the country’s flag. 

The ball encapsulates its namesake, Al Hilm – “The Dream”, as it connects to the twilight hours, where the red sky meets the desert sand at dusk – a time when dreams are set to come true under the floodlights of the Lusail Stadium – the stage for the Final.

Nick Craggs, General Manager – Football, Adidas, commented:

Al Hilm represents a beacon of light on the power of sport and football to bring the world together. Millions will tune in from almost every country around the globe, united by their passion for the game. We wish all teams involved in the final stages of the tournament the best of luck as they compete on the largest stage that football has to offer.

Designed from the inside out using data from rigorous testing in Adidas labs, wind tunnels, and on the pitch, Al Hilm features the same new panel shape and surface textures present in Al Rihla:

  • CTR-CORE: An innovative core within the ball that is tuned to support fast, precise play with maximum shape and air retention 
  • SPEEDSHELL: The ball’s polyurethane (PU) skin featuring micro and macro textures and a 20-piece panel shape

Utilising the latest technological advances in ball design, Al Hilm includes the same unprecedented Adidas “Connected Ball” technology as Al Rihla, which has proven invaluable in helping match officials making faster and more accurate decisions during this World Cup.

Combined with player-position data, the innovation offers Video Assistant Referees (VARs) instant data to help optimise decision-making for a seamless fan experience. By combining the ball-tracking data captured by sensors within the ball and applying artificial intelligence, the new technology provides an automated offside alert to the VAR team.

The ball was also designed with the environment at its heart: all components have been carefully considered, and Al Hilm is the first World Cup Semi-finals and Final ball made using only water-based inks and glues. 

The Adidas Al Hilm, launched on December 11, 2022, will be exclusively available via the Adidas.com football store as well as the Adidas retail stores.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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