The official ball for the 2023 FIFA (International Football Federation) Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup, which will be played by the Korean women’s national soccer team led by coach Colin Bell, has been announced.
On the 24th (Korean time), 안전놀이터 FIFA officially launched the official ‘OCEAUNZ’, which will be used in the Women’s World Cup scheduled for July, together with Adidas, the official ball sponsor. A video was also released of a helicopter appearing over Bondi Beach, a representative beach in Sydney, Australia, and lowering a huge ball sculpture in the middle of the beach.
The design symbolized Australia and New Zealand, co-hosts of the Women’s World Cup. The colors of the beaches that both countries are proud of were expressed as a whole.
Functionally, it is also excellent. The technology of the official ball ‘Al Rila’, which was used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar held last year, was largely applied. A typical example is connected ball technology. Accurate data from the ball is transmitted to the VAR room in real time. In other words, information related to the ball is provided to the referee through a small sensor embedded inside the ball to help in the decision. In addition, the material of polyurethane makes aerodynamic flight possible. Its fast and consistent flight characteristics have also been further developed.
FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Zamora said, “Adidas has developed an official ball that reflects diversity and unity. Athletes and fans visiting the tournaments in Australia and New Zealand will be able to experience the slogan of the tournament, ‘beyond great’,” he expressed satisfaction.
Meanwhile, the Korean women’s national soccer team led by head coach Colin Bell will also participate in this World Cup. Korea belongs to Group H with France, Morocco and Colombia and aims to advance to the round of 16. The upcoming World Cup is Korea’s fourth World Cup. In 2015, he reached the round of 16 for the first time.