This was the Official Match Ball of the FIFA World Cup™ 1986 in Mexico.
With the sealed seems and the Durlast coating adidas reached the limit of possibilities to improve leather balls in 1982. Research with synthetic materials started soon after the FIFA World Cup™ in Spain.The Azteca from 1986 was the first non-leather World Cup ball in history. The use of synthetic material increased the ball’s durability and further minimized water absorption.
Its design was inspired by the hosting nation’s native Aztec architecture and murals.