The Ball is on the road again

The Ball itself and hundreds of replicas have been fairly produced by our partner the charity Alive and Kicking in Kenya. For the first time, Spirit of Football is kicking The Ball to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in New Zealand and Australia.

We want to promote gender equality alongside climate action on this journey with the aim of being able to contribute to reduced inequalities in the world of football and beyond. We decided for this reason not to take The Ball to the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar because this World Cup does not reflect Spirit of Football’s values.

The overall objective of the journey from London to Auckland is to develop and deliver education resources, highlight existing as well as advocating for more actions that promote gender equality and climate action to bring together a network of actors, worldwide, under the common motto “One Ball, One World”.

In 2022, we were able to develop and test education resources and advocate for climate action with partners in these countries:

    • England (July)
    • Germany (August)
    • Turkey (September)
    • USA (September)
    • France (October)
    • United Arab Emirates (October)
    • Egypt (November)
    • Jordan (December)

In 2023, the year of the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, The Ball will implement the resources developed in 2022 in a climate friendly (where possible) education journey from Vietnam through South East Asia (March to May) and Oceania (June) to New Zealand and Australia (July and August).

The Journey of The Ball in 2023

  • Vietnam → Cambodia → Thailand → Malaysia → Singapore → Indonesia (March, April, May until the start of June 2023)
  • Pacific: Fiji and Kiribati (June 2023)
  • 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: New Zealand (July) → Australia (August)


Click the pins on the map to access stories from along the journey.