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The Ball 2006

Welcome to The Ball 2006. This was the first time the project was known as “The Spirit of Football”. Stories can be found on the main page of the blog. Previous stories can be found in the archives, or use the search form to find something specific.

Quick Start Guide

The 2002 journey showed us the ability of football to break down barriers and create friendships — that everyone shares football as a common language. The Ball 2006, The Spirit of Football to give it its full name, embodies the motto of the 2006 World Cup: A Time to make Friends, and its journey will again bring people together in the spirit of the beautiful game.

The tradition of short movies continues with this video of the trip from start to finish.

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The Ball 2006 was played with in a commemorative match in Battersea Park, London, reminding us of the origins of the modern game. It kicked off from England and headed for Munich for the Opening Ceremony on the 9th June 2006.

Map of the Journey

Starting Points

The following list contains our selection of links to some of our favourite stories from the 2006 trip. Why not use them as jumping off points for reading about The Ball 2006?

Chris & Phil, London 2006

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.