Called Fussballliebe, which means “love of football” in German, it will feature a gyroscopic sensor that will record every movement of the ball, providing additional support for video assistance.
A technical and environmental masterpiece
Recycled polyurethane, layers including materials such as corn fibre, sugar cane, wood pulp and natural rubber, water-based inks, etc., Fussballliebe is a bundle of innovation that sets it apart from the official match balls used to date in international championships and cups.
On the outside, its shell, called PRECISIONSHELL, is made up of a seamless skin comprising 20 panels with micro- and macro-textures for outstanding aerodynamics that make it easier to touch the ball and increase the sensations! Its white base is underlined by black motifs complemented by brightly coloured details that symbolise the movement of the ball and the energy that permeates football. A closer look reveals discreet illustrations of the 10 stadiums selected for the competition and the names of the cities that will be hosting the matches.
CTR-CORE, the heart of the ball, is made up of a resistant butyl membrane that has been developed with great precision and smoothness in mind, so that it retains its shape and the air it contains during sequences of play which promise to be fast-paced and intense.
And the first connected football in Euro history
It is also the first connected match ball in the history of a European Championship, as it is equipped with “Connected Ball” technology, the same technology that was used in its cousin “Al Rihla”, last World Cup’s match ball. In the form of a small chip attached to a gyroscope and placed at the heart of the ball, it will record all the ball’s movements, provide unprecedented data on its position and send it in real time to the referees monitoring the match through video feeds to help them make decisions.
The data will also be able to tap into the position of players thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI). It will complement the semi-automated offside detection technology and will also assist referees in identifying each contact with the ball, a valuable piece of data in determining possible handballs or penalties.