Girl signs The Ball
Jürgen Klopp, our biggest supporter

“This ball is a fantastic icon for the current situation. How simple things would be if we could all just orientate ourselves around The Ball. Whoever sees my signature [on The Ball] can feel a little better for a moment because he knows that he is surrounded by friends, and when he too signs it he becomes a member of our team. I would be happy if you too would join our team.”
— Jürgen Klopp

Quick Start Guide

The proposed theme of the 2018 journey is “empathy”. The Ball will explore this through the experience of displaced people; the journeys that they have needed to make and the challenges they face once they have found refuge. We will highlight the extraordinary work that is being done using football to help these people find a new home and build new communities.

Collaboration with project partners will ensure that The Ball 2018 leaves a lasting legacy and extends the impact of the World Cup beyond the borders of the host country, Russia. Spirit of Football’s award winning curriculum “One Ball, One World” will be deployed in schools and communities en route. The Ball will visit up to 6 partner projects, each for one week, and collaborate on fair play football, music, art, dance and theatre activities.

The Route

The proposed route of The Ball 2018The provisional route begins (as always) in Battersea Park in London, England then passes through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Northern Iraq, Armenia, Georgia and finally arrives in Russia in time for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow on 14th June.

The Ball 2014 left England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.