As the first teams go through to the second stage of the UEFA Euro 2016, adidas have revealed the Official Match Ball of the knock out phase, coined Fracas.
The ball that will be used throughout the knock-out stage of the tournament and will ultimately decide the winner of one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world was launched during a 360° light show hosted by adidas at the exclusive venue Cité de la Mode.
Sam Hardy, Vice President of Design, explained the production decisions:
“For Fracas, we wanted to be bold with our design direction and create something that incorporated the emotions felt during the latter stages of tournament football. Beau Jeu was all about tactical football; doing what you had to do in order to get to the knock-out stages. Fracas is a more disruptive design. It represents the noise of the crowd and the excitement around a winner-takes-all mentality on the pitch.”
Both Beau Jeu and Fracas have been in development for over 18 months; during which they have been independently tested by top players including Gareth Bale and Iker Casillas. Both footballs take inspiration from the Brazuca FIFA World Cup Offical Match Ball, including the unique panel shape. Each ball has improved surface structure, blocking enhanced grip and in-flight visibility, sure to create a stir throughout the competition both on and off the pitch.