Biobased soccer balls headed to 2022 World Cup


In Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will use soccer balls produced in Pakistan using partially biobased materials. 

Designed and hand-stitched by Forward Sports in Sialkot, Punjab, the Al Rihla soccer balls have now been picked three times for the massively popular sporting event. 

The announcement was made by Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) Senior Vice President Sheikh Zohaib Rafique Sethi. Although the nature of the biobased material was not disclosed, Rafique says the design of the balls is inspired by the culture of Qatar and that no chemical solvents are used in the manufacturing process.