WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2023
Oceaunz, the official ball of the Women’s World Cup 2023: characteristics and origin of the name
The Oceaunz is the ninth successive football Adidas has produced for the FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand, starting on 20 July.
The start to the 2023 Women’s World Cup looms ever closer with Australia/New Zealand getting ready to co-host the tournament which runs from 20 July-20 August. FIFA recently confirmed that over a million tickets have been sold to fans from more than 120 countries for the ninth edition of the competition which is set to feature 32 participating teams for the first time ever.
Adidas recently unveiled the Oceaunz, the official match ball of the tournament with the ball featuring a decoration of blue and green, inspired by the unique Australasian landscape, with visuals nodding to the vast mountains of New Zealand and Australia’s connection with the Indian Ocean. The name also features the AU and NZ being the prefixes to both host nations.
The Australian patterns on the ball were been created by renowned local artist, Chern’ee Sutton, while the markings representing New Zealand were designed by Kiwi artist, Fiona Collis.