Adidas’ Brazuca is the official match ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and one that boasts an unusual design feature—it only has six identical panels instead of the usual 32, made up by variations in pentagons and hexagons. The design of the Brazuca is made to improve grip, stability and aerodynamics on the field.
Because of its unusual form, the ball has been under a ton of scrutiny for the past two and a half years. This involved testing the ball with over 600 top players and 30 different teams in 10 countries around the world, which makes it one of Adidas’ most heavily tested soccer balls.
The true test remains how the Brazuca ball will perform this year in June at the 2014 World Cup. But fans who are eager to test out the Brazuca themselves can order it, or a variation on its vibrantly-colored design through Adidas.