adidas introduces OCEAUNZ: the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 ballThe ball's design has been inspired by Australia and New Zealand's natural landscapes
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
With 177 days to go until the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, that will see Milena Bertolini's Italy among the sides competing, adidas has unveiled the official ball for the competition. The ball, called OCEAUNZ, is the ninth produced by adidas for the FIFA Women's World Cup. The design is inspired by the natural landscapes of the two host nations, displaying elements from the vast Aotearoa Mountain ranges in New Zealand and Australia's connection to the Indian Ocean. Celebrating the cultures of both host countries, the ball features designs by Aboriginal artist, Chern'ee Sutton, and Māori artist, Fiona Collis.
OCEAUNZ has the same technology as the ball that was used for the Qatar 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup and, thanks to a motion sensor inside, the ball will contribute to the use of semi-automatic offside. The revolutionary core of the ball is designed to improve accuracy and consistency, supporting fast and accurate play, while the new 20-piece panel shape of the ball improves aerodynamics.