The World Cup's final matches will be played with a new match ball, replacing the one that has been in use for the whole tournament, according to FIFA. FIFA announced on Sunday that the World Cup semifinals and final will be played in Qatar using the Adidas Al Hilm type, which replaces the Al Rihla. The Arabic word for "The Dream" - Al Hilm, refers to the new ball.
For the final four games of the World Cup—both semi-finals, the third-place play-off, and Sunday's championship—FIFA will use a new ball. The deserts in the area are represented by its golden colour. Additionally, it differs from the Al Rihla, the ball used in earlier rounds, by having a distinctive design.
Al Hilm also incorporates the same groundbreaking adidas "Connected Ball" technology as Al Rihla, utilising the most recent developments in ball design. This technology has been essential in assisting match officials throughout this World Cup in making quicker and more accurate judgements.