adidas unveiled Fracas, the official Match Ball of the UEFA Euro 2016 knock-out rounds, today in Paris. The bold red and black design is inspired by the emotions, excitement, and unpredictability of the single elimination phase of the tournament.
“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,” Sam Handy, Vice President of Design, explained the thinking behind the new design. “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.”
The name Fracas translates as Clamour in French and was selected by French ‘influencers’ from music to fashion to popular culture.
The adidas Fracas match ball will be available at World Soccer Shop starting on June 24.