FIFA World Cup 1938 France Allen


The Allen ball was very similar to the Federale 102 (the official ball of the previous World Cup) because it also consisted of 13 panels. However, the edges of the panels of the Allen ball were much more rounded so the overall design was not completely the same as the Italian ball four years earlier. The Allen ball was much more like the Globe and the Players balls from the 1930 World Cup. However, the manufacturer maintained the developments of the Federale 102 and the laces were put on a separate, thin panel. Black and white pictures prove that the cotton laces of the Allen balls were white, however, this was not a long lasting colour, since the rain and mud immediately changed the colour of the laces to brown. This ball was hand sewn just like its predecessors and had to be inflated by a skilled person. If the man who inflated the ball and closed the laces was not precise, the ball did not become spherical which would influence the trajectory of the ball.

On stockLast update: 06/07/2022



Event when such ball was used: 1938 FIFA World Cup in France

Size: 5

Color: dark brown

Material: high quality cow leather

Condition: brand new

Panel structure: 13 panels with cotton laces (five rows like the original 1938 World Cup balls)

Text on the ball: Allen Officiel Coupe du Monde (they used imprinted balls in the 1938 World Cup)

Type of the ball: this ball comes from the pre-adidas historical match ball set, it is the exact reproduction of the original Allen balls as used at the 1938 World Cup in Italy

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