In July this year, the official ball to be used in the 2023 Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand was unveiled.
On the 25th, the International Football Federation (FIFA) unveiled the Australia/New Zealand Women’s World Cup official ball ‘Oceanz’ (pictured), produced by Adidas, on its website. The name ‘Oceanz’ seems to contain the meaning of combining Ocean, which means ocean, and Australia (AU) and New Zealand (NZ).
The unique design of Oceanz is reminiscent of the unique natural landscapes of Australia and New Zealand with bold curves and sea-blue patterns. FIFA explained that it “visualized the Indian Ocean surrounding the Australian continent and the huge mountains of New Zealand.” Aboriginal artists from two countries, Australia’s Aboriginal Cherni Sutton and New Zealand’s Maori Fiona Collis, added meaning while designing Oceans.
Oceans incorporates cutting-edge technology that was proven at last year’s World Cup in Qatar. Connected ball technology was applied for semi-automatic offside readout (SAOT), which was evaluated to dramatically reduce miscarriages. 안전놀이터 An inertial communication device is inserted into the soccer ball to accurately determine the position of the player and the ball, and then read offside.
In addition, ‘Speed Cell’ technology, which increases accuracy and flight stability by making a ball with 20 square polyurethane pieces with special protrusions, and ‘CTR-Core’ technology, in which a core installed in the ball helps maintain air flow, are included.
The Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup starts with the opening game between New Zealand and Norway on July 20th and runs through a month of intense competition until the final on August 20th. The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Colin Bell, will face Colombia (July 25), Morocco (July 30), and Germany (August 3) in order in Group H.