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The Ball 2002 is kicked over the Great Wall of China on its way to Korea & Japan
The Ball 2002 is kicked off to Korea & Japan

Welcome to The Ball 2002. Below is a short summary of the trip with links to key events and a section to help you use the videos on this site. Stories as they were posted can be found on the main page of the blog. Older stories can be found in the archives, or use the search form to find something specific.

Map of the Journey

Quick Start Guide

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan. During the journey it was played with by local people in many towns and cities along the way. If you like, you can start at the beginning and read the whole story, or else read on for some links to our personal choice of starting points. As we mentioned eariler, all the stories can be accessed from the archives, or you can visit them in order by using the navigation links at the top of each story.

For more information, you can read what the press have said about this project, find out about the people who were involved, discover how the idea started, and don’t forget to watch the promo video below, which takes you through the whole journey in just five minutes.

The promo video. The trip, the whole trip, and nothing but the trip.

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About The Videos

Quicktime LogoYou will find links to videos of our trip in many of the stories in this blog. When it was written, we used just Quicktime and a custom database for displaying them. If you want to watch them in their original format, you can get the Quicktime Player here, It’s available for Mac and PC if you don’t already have it. Additionally, please refer to the video page, where you can find further information. You can explore the entire collection from there as well.

The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in 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.