Spirit of Football is a not–for–profit community interest company dedicated to promoting a very special ball as the “star of the beautiful game” in the run–up to each World Cup. We call it The Ball.

The Ball is football’s equivalent to the Olympic Torch. Every four years, it kicks off from Battersea Park in London, where the very first game of modern rules football took place. Its destination is the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup.

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The Ball 2022-2023 is underway!

The Ball 2022-2023 was officially launched at Battersea Park, London on 10th July 2022. For the first time ever, The Ball will be travelling to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand instead of the FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar.

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Latest from The Ball 2022-2023

The Ball at COP28 – Intensification of Collaboration for Climate Action

The Ball has led over a hundret workshops in about FairPlay, Climate Action and Gender Equality in 21 countries. Over 13,000 signatures and pledges for Sustainability and Gender Equality. In December 2023, The Ball visited its 22nd and final country, the United Arab Emirates, to take part in the28th United Nations Climate Conference. The Ball […]

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  1. “We are very happy that young people thought of this idea of taking The Ball around Africa. It makes us all feel part of the game. We have cancelled all of the things before and after your visit. All of my ministers are here with many things to do. But we thought that it was so important, that we must attend to this.”

    President Rupiah Banda of Zambia

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