23,000+ km, 23+ Countries, 3 Oceans, 12 Months, 2 World Cups with just One Ball
This will be the non-profit organisation Spirit of Football’s 6th journey of The Ball. It will kick-off in July 2022 in Battersea Park in London, where the first official game of football was played. This time it will travel to the kick-off of the 2023 Women’s World Cup at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2023.
The Ball’s journeys since 2002. The proposed route for The Ball 2022/23 is marked in red.
The Ball 2022/23 will travel, as climate neutral as possible, firstly to the 2022 Men’s World Cup (Qatar) and onto the 2023 Women’s World Cup (Australia/New Zealand). The SOF team carrying The Ball will be gender balanced. They will travel in and showcase various environmentally friendly transport solutions, including going by foot, cycling, taking trains, using electric and hybrid vehicles, sailing, car-sharing, and many other options.