New Euro 2024 ball includes built-in technology to assist in VAR decisions

BERLIN — Organizers of Euro 2024 on Wednesday unveiled the official ball for the continental tournament next year, with its colorful pattern designed to reflect the energy of the event and with built-in technology to assist in VAR decisions.

Tournament director Philipp Lahm, along with others including Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, led the reveal of the Adidas-made "Fussballliebe" (love of football) on the Maifeld, next to Berlin's Olympic stadium, where the final will be played on July 14.

New Euro 2024 ball

The tournament will start on June 14 and will be held across ten cities in Germany.

Organizers said the design, featuring black wing shapes with colorful edges, curves and dots, was a reflection of the tournament's energy.

Germany is hosting its first major men's international football tournament since the 2006 World Cup, which at the time had triggered an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm with large fan zones across the country and the event dubbed the "summer fairytale."

Illustrations of each of the stadiums appear on the ball alongside the name of each host city.

The ball also features some built-in technology to track all elements of its the movement and help with VAR decisions.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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