The Journey

The Route

23,000+ km, 25+ Countries, 3 Oceans, 12 Months with The 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.

All The Ball Journeys
The Ball’s journeys since 2002. The proposed route for The Ball 2022/23 is marked in red.

The Ball 2022/23 will travel to 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.


  1. England: July (by sea
  2. Germany: August
  3. Turkey: September
  4. USA: September
  5. France: October
  6. Qatar: (Street Child World Cup), October
  7. Egypt: November (by sea)
  8. Jordan: November/December


The Ball’s journey in 2023 is yet to be confirmed:

Vietnam, The Philippines, Armenia, Georgia, Argentina and Fiji are all on the agenda.

If you want to host The Ball, please get in touch.

The final destination is the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that kicks off in Auckland on July 20. 2023.