Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The official match ball -‘Al Hilm’, for the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-finals and final was unveiled on Sunday.

Al Hilm means ‘The Dream’ in Arabic, follows the official match ball of the group stages, Al Rihla, which translates as The Journey.

Al Hilm’s design is set on a textured gold base colour which features a subtle triangular pattern. 

Just like Al Rihla, Al Hilm will feature the ‘Connected Ball’ technology which has proved a huge success in making semi-automated offside decisions faster and more accurate during the ongoing World Cup.

As per FIFA sources, the latest technological advances have been used in designing the ball which is environment friendly with all its components carefully considered. 

The innovative ball offers video match officials instant data, to help optimize decision-making for a seamless fan experience. The new technology supports the semi-automated offside system, especially by providing the exact moment the ball is played in tight offside situations.

“With the development of the connected ball technology, it was made possible that an additional important layer of information is available to the video match officials. The data from the ball unlocks new insights for storytelling around the unique moments on the pitch at this World Cup,” said Johannes Holzmuller, Director of Football Technology and Innovation at FIFA.