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Adidas Telstar 18 Review

Today I will talk about a soccer ball which is something special because it will be used at an awesome event FIFA World Cup, one of the biggest events of all sports which will be held in Russia. It will be viewed by millions of people on the stadium’s in Russia and on the TVs. I will talk about the Telstar 18 soccer ball model, the official match ball of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Telstar 18 World Cup 2018 Ball

Brand: Adidas
Name: Adidas Telstar 18 Soccer Ball
Our Rating: 4.9 / 5

This ball was firstly presented in Moscow on November 9, 2017, by some of the most popular soccer players. It was presented by Lionel Messi who has played in the World Cup 2014 finals and other big soccer names which are Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Xabi Alonso, Kaká and Lukas Podolski.

Name & where is made?

rounded stadium

Adidas Telstar 18 relates to the first Adidas World Cup match ball in 1970 called “Telstar”. Wondering what this word means? It’s a combination of 2 words, “television” and “star” also called “star of television “. This ball was the first one with a black and white pattern. Back then the colors of the television were only black and white, so they’ve applied this to ensure that people who were watching matches would know where the ball is located on the pitch.

Where it’s made?

This awesome ball is made by Forward Sports in Sialkot, Pakistan which is one of the biggest soccer factories.

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Review of Adidas Telstar 18 World Cup Match Ball

line on the field

Having good soccer equipment is necessary if we want to play this beautiful and emotional game smoothly. A soccer ball is the main part, so let’s have a look and find out if this one will make your game better. Do you think this new black and white ball will fascinate all the people around the globe who will watch the games and players who will play with it? Let’s look closer to what is new on this ball and what are its features.

Six-panel design

It has a new six-panel design which really looks great. With different edgy cornered design elements, they created an awesome modern look which makes the ball stand out from others.

Thermal bonded construction

There are different ways how to stitch a soccer ball. This ball is thermally bonded which is a process where panes are fused together in a tight seam, so the ball is perfectly round and less absorbing. They’re also offering excellent flight stability. This process is used mainly for professional and high-quality soccer balls.

Distinct 3-D texture

It features a Distinct 3-D textured upper for a better control and grip over the awesome ball.

Carcass construction

It has a new carcass construction inside which help at better force distribution on shots. It keeps the best what was in Brazuca World Cup ball with including improved technology to increase the overall performance.

Updated Telstar pattern

The updated Telstar 18 pattern and design it’s amazing. What really stands out is the blurred texture graphic effect of black blocks which gives something unique to this ball and the metallic print execution. Made to provide better performance and durability no matter where you are playing on the soccer pitch or on the streets.

NFC chip

Now comes the NFC chip which will be the first time ever used in an official match ball and this will make the new Telstar the most innovative World Cup ball till now. This chip gives you an ability to connect and interact with the ball by using a smartphone and Bluetooth (tap your phone on the ball and you’ll unlock a consumer experience).

When you interact with it each ball generates a unique identifier which gives you access to exclusive content and information. This personalized and location-aware experience will display specific information about each ball and will allow its users to access the challenges of the FIFA World Cup.


This has been tested by 600 players in 12 countries with more than 31 professional clubs and global federations. Adidas main job was to make something new and high quality for this big event, so we can be sure that this ball reaches the highest standards of performance and quality. Adidas is a brand who is making official World Cup balls since 1970 World cup in Mexico. Over the years they’ve made some great progress and were able to give out some of the best soccer balls ever made. I’ve tested many of their balls and I have to say that all were great. There is no difference between the new improved Telstar 18 soccer ball. If you like this ball you may also like our other ball reviews and guides, so take a look around on the website.