How the Ball has Changed Over the Years in FIFA World Cup

Instead, the most recent balls, which are lighter and quicker than the earlier models, are constructed using cutting edge 3D technology and space age materials.

1930 World Cup, Uruguay : The famous "T Model" ball had 12 panels made of quality leather, one of which was formed like a "T" and gave the ball its name.

1954 World Cup, Switzerland : The first match ball having 18 panels and interlocked zigzag edges was the "Swiss World Champion.

1966 World Cup, England : Slazenger's "Challenge" has 25 rectangular panels and was manufactured from premium leather.

1970 World Cup, Mexico : The "Telstar" was waterproof and more durable thanks to a unique plastic covering.

1986 World Cup, Mexico : The first ball constructed of synthetic materials was called the "Azteca." It had a polyurethane coating that made it water resistant and allowed it to continue to function well on rough and wet surfaces.

2018 World Cup, Russia :  The ball had a chip that could be linked to a smartphone and offer important play information.

2022 World Cup, Qatar : The "Al Rihla" ball, the first football ever created with water-based inks and glues, will be used for the first World Cup to be held in the Gulf area. – The World Cup ball produced by it is the most ecologically friendly one ever. – The ball features a seamless thermally bonded polyurethane structure with a textured polyurethane covering.

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