My Story:

I would not like to call this a prototype ball because it was manufactured for an event that was supposed to put China onto the footballing map.  The 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup was being prepared to be held in China until fowl play (literally) put the brakes onto this grandoise project.  What better way to cap Asia’s rising prominence in world football than by following up the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Korea/Japan with this women’s showpiece in China.  Alas it was not meant to bid as the SARS epidemic had the governing body all trembling and sent the event across the Pacific to the United States of America instead.

China’s time will come in 2007, albeit four long years later.  Here is the ball that was supposed to be similar to the Adidas Fevernova used in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, with a dark blue background in the shuriken design and a whiter outer body.


The Official Story:

More accurate! Faster! More efficient!

The 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup ball, the Fevernova, features syntactic foam, a special layer of highly compressible and extremely durable gas-filled micro-balloons.  This construction renders remarkable energy return properties and additional cushioning features for enhanced control and accuracy.

A three-layer high tech textile gives the Fevernova ball three dimensional performance characteristics, allowing for a more precise and predictable flight path every time.

The dynamic design is inspired by the philosophy of the host country, China.  This design features four trigons.  The red colour flames represent the fruitfulness and faithfulness of the game.  The blue turbine in the center of the trigon refers to the colour of the sky and the sea, as well as celebrating the technical innovations China have achieved in the recent years.  The golden colour symbolises the high value and energy China has dedicated to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

(Reference: the original Adidas box)


Technical Story:

Made in Morocco.

FIFA Approved Code: 202.S8D

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