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.