Croatia, Argentina, Morocco and France all fought to get this far, and have been rewarded not only by the prospect of playing for the most prestigious award in international football, but also by becoming the first and only teams to be able to play with the special edition. match ball
The four nations have embarked on an adventure to get this far and, along with the other Qatari teams, have played with the ‘Al Rihla’ ball, which translates to English as ‘The Journey’.
Now, starting from the semi-finals, the ball in use will be “Al Hilm”, which translates as “El Sueño”, which means the dream that the four nations have of winning the World Cup.
Match ball specifications are not much different. Al Hilm will also have the ‘Connected Ball’ technology that Al Rihla has with built-in IMU sensors that have helped referees shut down offside calls at the World Cup.
Al Hilm is made entirely of water-based ink and glue, which is more environmentally friendly than previous soccer balls used in the World Cup.
What really sets Al Hilm apart from Al Rihla is the unique design of the ball. It is made with a gold-colored base, which represents the color of the World Cup trophy, and triangular patterns that resemble the patterns on the Qatari flag.
The new ball is unlikely to work any differently than the old one, so players need not worry.