Women’s football is on the rise world-wide, in participation, commercial involvement and viewing figures. FIFA and adidas, the global leader in football, are firmly committed to contribute to the further development of this beautiful sport wherever it is being played, shared and celebrated. adidas will be the Official Partner, Official Supplier & Official Licensee of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will equip some of the world’s best teams such as reigning FIFA World Cup Champion Germany and host China.

As in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, adidas are providing the match balls for the ladies to play with. The ball for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 will feature the same characteristics as the adidas +Teamgeist, the ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The revolutionary 14-panel ball construction brings down the number of three-panel touch points by 60% (from 60 to 24) and the total length of the panel lines is reduced by over 15% (from 400.05 cm to 333.93 cm) and will now also provide the world’s best female players with significant improvements in both accuracy and control.

The design is inspired by the event logo and the traditional Chinese colours red and blue. The ball will be available in retail from 2007 onwards.

“Women’s football continues to expand its size, its participation, recognition and audience around the globe. At adidas we are firmly dedicated to supporting women’s football and to developing products that allow female players to further enhance their performance. We are already looking forward to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China next year”, commented Erich Stamminger, President and CEO of the adidas brand.