A: One World Futbol Project is an award-winning, mission-driven business and creator of the One World Futbol, a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat, even when punctured. One World Futbol Project works with organizations and companies around the world, who purchase, sponsor and/or distribute the One World Futbol where it can support lasting play.
A: One World Futbol Project was founded in 2010 by Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver. One World Futbol inventor Tim Jahnigen was inspired to create the ball after watching news footage of kids in Darfur playing a soccer game using a ball of trash tied up with twine. At that moment, Tim realized there was a global need for a nearly indestructible ball that could withstand the harsh conditions faced by youth living in refugee camps, disaster areas and other disadvantaged communities. He set out to design a ball that played like a “real futbol,” but would never wear out, never go flat, never need a pump.
Tim’s idea remained in the concept stage until a chance conversation with world-renowned entertainer Sting. Once Tim shared his vision of a nearly indestructible ball, Sting immediately provided the support needed to do the research and development. In recognition of Sting’s crucial, early involvement, the name of the ball and of the company are based on the song “One World (Not Three),” written by Sting. Sting continues to be an advocate for and supporter of One World Futbol Project. Additional information is available on the Media Center and the Company Background page.
A: One World Futbol Project brings the healing power of play to youth worldwide by making, selling and distributing nearly indestructible balls that are proven to survive the harshest environments. We collaborate with sponsors, organizations, governments and consumers to deliver balls to disadvantaged communities where play and sport can be used to foster social change.
A: Our goal is to bring the joy of soccer and play to youth in disadvantaged communities.
A: One World Futbol Project sells the One World Futbol directly to institutions, companies and non-profit organizations, as well as to individual consumers through a “Buy One, Give One” model. For every ball bought by individuals at retail, the company donates a second ball to organizations working with children and youth in disadvantaged communities around the world. One World Futbol Project distributes balls through a growing network of organizations serving youth in harsh environments around the world, including refugee camps, conflict zones, disaster areas, inner cities and other disadvantaged communities.
A: Sting provided the initial funding for the research and development of a prototype of the One World Futbol. In recognition of Sting’s crucial, early involvement, the name of the ball and of the project are based on the song “One World (Not Three),” written by Sting. Sting continues to be an advocate for and supporter of One World Futbol Project.
A: There are a number of ways you can get involved! Purchase a ball, start a campaign, support one of our growing partner organizations, share your story, tell your friends, family and colleagues about One World Futbol Project on your social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) and more. We’d love to hear from you!
A: For decades, UNICEF, the U.N. Refugee Agency, as well as private non-profit organizations working in war zones, refugee camps and impoverished communities throughout the world, have observed children finding their own ways to play games, especially soccer, with rag balls, cans, and rocks. One World Futbol Project assists the work of a growing network of organizations and brightens the lives of millions of children through the One World Futbol.
A: Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. For many kids in refugee camps, war zones, disaster areas and inner cities, soccer provides not just a positive escape but teaches teamwork and conflict resolution. We know first-hand how important play is to children and believe every child should play, deserves to play and should have the opportunity to do so. We also know that when play is missing other opportunities for healthy development disappear as a result. One World Futbol Project is focused on making a positive impact by bringing the joy of soccer—and play—to kids around the world.
A: One World Futbol Project’s Management Team currently consists of: Tim Jahnigen, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer; Lisa Tarver, Co-Founder & Chief Giving Officer; Neill Duffy, Chief Catalyst Officer; Arnold Ambiel, Chief Operating Officer; KJ Janowski, Chief Marketing Officer; and Mal Warwick, Partner. They are assisted by a worldwide network of advisors, supporters, funders, advocates, partners and a growing fan base. Detailed biographies for the management team are available on the Media Center and the Company Background page.
A: B Corporations are a new type of company which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. To become certified as a B Corporation, One World Futbol Project had to pass a difficult and very detailed test to prove that it benefits people and helps the environment.
A: B Corporations are structured in many different ways, but they all operate on the basis of what is called the Triple Bottom Line. This means we balance the interests of People, Planet, and Profit. Specifically, One World Futbol Project is designed to make a profit but not at the expense of the people who work for it, the communities where we operate or the natural environment.
A: One World Futbol Project, like other Certified B Corporations, is a mission-driven business. We set up the Company for the purpose of distributing millions of One World Futbols to children who live in very challenging surroundings, such as war zones, refugee camps, isolated villages, disaster areas and inner-city neighborhoods. As a B Corporation, we’re able to keep the business going by making a profit but still fulfill this mission. And, it doesn’t hurt that more and more consumers are buying from companies like ours that pursue the Triple Bottom Line. By supporting B Corps like One World Futbol Project, you’re supporting a better way to do business.
A: For every ball bought at retail by an individual, One World Futbol Project gives a second ball to organizations working with disadvantaged communities around the world. The company also offers the One World Futbol directly to institutions and organizations and works with schools, soccer (football/futbol) teams, clubs and other organizations to help them raise funds while generating donated balls at the same time.
A: Any individual around the world can buy a ball online through the “Buy One, Give One” model, provided we can ship to their location and the sale does not violate existing laws. For each ball purchased, One World Futbol Project will donate a ball to an organization working with children and youth in disadvantaged communities around the world.
A: Yes. When you purchase a ball, you have the option, through our “Give Balls” program to designate that both balls be donated. You may also add additional balls if you choose.
A: We have developed a growing global network of organizations who work with disadvantaged communities around the world.
A: Since the company’s launch in July 2010, more than 750,000 One World Futbols have been distributed to 165+ countries worldwide.
A: As of February 2014, the One World Futbol has been distributed to more than 165 countries through thousands of organizations impacting an estimated 21 million children and youth in disadvantaged communities worldwide.
A: The One World Futbols are distributed by our growing global network of partner organizations working with youth in disadvantaged communities throughout the world.
A: Yes. We offer quantity discounts. Please see Buy in Quantity page for details.
A: Quantity discount pricing starts with as few as 10 balls for nonprofit organizations. Please see Buy in Quantity page for details.
A: Currently, the One World Futbol is only available for sale online at our website, oneworldfutbol.com, through the “Buy One, Give One” program. One World Futbol Project also sells the One World Futbol in TOMS Marketplace as well as directly to institutions, companies and non-profit organizations that distribute balls to disadvantaged communities around the world, such as refugee camps, conflict zones, disaster areas and inner cities. Please sign up on our Facebook page for updates, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check our website periodically to learn the latest on One World Futbol Project. You can also see the impact of the power of play in our Video Gallery and by reading our Impact Stories.
A: The price of the One World Futbol under our “Buy One, Give One” program is $39.50 (U.S.) and 39,00 € including VAT and 9,95 € flat-rate shipping within the EU. If an individual wishes only to donate a ball and not receive one directly, they can select the “Give Balls” option. The cost is $25 (U.S.) or 23,00 € including VAT for European consumers, which enables One World Futbol Project to donate a ball to organizations working with children and youth in need. There are no shipping costs for the consumer associated with the “Give Balls” option.
A: Shipping cost varies by location. Through a partnership with RHIEM Group (see related news), One World Futbol Project now offers 9,95 € flat-rate shipping to destinations within the European Union. Please check the e-commerce section of the website for shipping cost and logistics information.
A: We guarantee satisfaction. If you are not satisfied, you may return your ball within 30 days of purchase for either a replacement or your money back. However, if at any time your One World Futbol becomes unplayable in the course of normal wear and tear in recreational use, you may return it to us for a replacement ball and a refund of your shipping costs in returning the ball.
A: You may return your ball within 30 days for an immediate replacement or get your money back. A ball will still be donated even if yours is later returned. We would never take a ball away from a child in need! See our returns and exchanges policy.
A: The One World Futbol is made from unique (proprietary) cross-linked closed cell foam that enables the ball to withstand harsh environments without wearing out.
A: The material was chosen because it is inert (non-toxic, doesn’t leach) and for its practical flexibility and durability. By replacing lots of soccer balls that constantly become punctured or deflated, the One World Futbol helps greatly reduce waste. The One World Futbol is designed to last for years, even decades, saving significant amounts of money in replacement costs.
A: The One World Futbol uses proprietary designs, engineering, materials and processes. Though made through a form of injection molding, the machines are highly-specialized and require stabilized infrastructure and technical support.
A: The ball is manufactured in Taiwan.
A: Currently, Taiwan is our only manufacturing location — though not for the simplistic reasons most think of, which is usually a pricing consideration. We’ve pushed the known boundaries of the ball’s technology past most theoretical limitations of industry standards. Based on demand and the availability of manufacturing partners with sufficient assets and skill sets, we will gladly make our technology-intensive product in multiple locations and/or regions. But right now, the Taiwan location is the only manufacturing facility that has those skills and assets.
A: Soccer is the world’s most popular sport by far, but it’s called “soccer” only in the United States. In English-speaking countries, soccer is called “football.” In many other countries, it’s called “futbol.”
A: Unlike any other soccer ball on the market, it requires no pump or needle and will never go flat, even if punctured. The One World Futbol is not affected by continued use in harsh environments. You can even kick a One World Futbol into a barbed-wire or razor-wire fence, and it won’t deflate or go flat! We know. We’ve tried.
A: The One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible, all-terrain ball. The ball is ideal for recreational play and practice. It is not designed for or intended to replace game balls for competition-level league or team play.
Whether for beach soccer, street soccer, play in your own backyard or for use on the roughest terrain anywhere around the world, the One World Futbol will last for years. The One World Futbol can be played with on any surface, anywhere—not just grass or turf soccer fields. Unlike other sports balls, the surface of the One World Futbol won’t wear off no matter how abrasive the playing area. The ball requires no pump or needle and will never go flat, even if punctured.
The One World Futbol was designed with a lower bounce for use on harder surfaces, such as streets, roads, schoolyards, dirt lots, etc. It’s the ideal ball for recreational play on any rough surface, but of course, you can also use it on grass and turf.
The One World Futbol is nearly indestructible, making it ideal for kicking around on all surfaces, including indoor floors and artificial turf, grass, concrete, blacktop, sand, dirt, gravel and rocks.
The traditional soccer ball can be easily punctured or ruptured. It requires frequent inflation with a pump and needle, which are easily broken or lost. And every standard soccer ball will be scraped and gouged by contact with rough surfaces. As a result, the phenomenon and waste of deflated soccer balls is a common sight in the backyards of families with soccer players at home. The short lifespan of traditional balls, and the expense of replacing them, means young people in disadvantaged communities are often left to play soccer with rocks, cans or “rag balls” made from trash, plastic bags and string.
A: The shade of blue we selected for the debut of the One World Futbol is associated with peace-making efforts in general and the United Nations in particular.
A: Currently, the One World Futbol comes in an adult size 5 and a youth size 4.
A: The youth size 4 One World Futbol weighs 12oz/342g and is 8 1/4 inches/204 mm in diameter. The adult size 5 One World Futbol weighs 15oz/426g and is 8 and 3/4 inches/221mm in diameter.
A: Campaigns are a way for teams, organizations and others to raise money and do good. For every One World Futbol sold through a campaign, we give $5 U.S. back to the team, organization or individual* and donate a One World Futbol to an organization working with youth in disadvantaged communities.
*In order to earn the $5 U.S. per ball, the campaign must sell at least 20 One World Futbols.
A: Once an application is submitted, we will review the campaign within 15 business days. If the application meets our specifications, the campaign can go live within 20 business days of submission. If the application is incomplete, it will take longer to push live.
A: Donate to one of our partner organizations: if you would like One World Futbol Project to choose, we will distribute the One World Futbols generated through the campaign to an organization working with children and youth in disadvantaged communities.
Donate locally (in the contiguous U.S. or Europe): if you want to donate the One World Futbols to an organization in the contiguous U.S. or Europe, One World Futbol Project will cover the cost of shipping the donated One World Futbols to one address in the contiguous U.S. or Europe. You will be responsible for the logistics of delivery.
Donate internationally: if you want to donate the One World Futbols to an organization outside the contiguous U.S. or Europe, One World Futbol Project will cover the cost of shipping the donated One World Futbols to one address in the contiguous U.S. or Europe. From there, you will be responsible for the cost of international shipping and the logistics of delivery.
A: We donate One World Futbols to organizations, programs and volunteers around the world who are bring the power of play to disadvantaged communities to inspire positive social change. The One World Futbols are meant to be a shared community resource; the balls should not be given as gifts to individuals. We do give the balls to religious organizations but not religious organizations that proselytize individuals. One World Futbols will be kept separate from proselytizing or political messaging, and the balls cannot be given or withheld based on religious belief and/or political affiliation. We encourage donating to schools and sports for development programs that work with youth in disadvantaged communities to foster social change.
A: Once live, campaigns will run for three months. We will evaluate each campaign after three months. If a campaign is doing well and wants to continue, we’ll keep that campaign open. Of course, we make the final call.
A: No. At the conclusion of the campaign, the donated balls will all be shipped at once and to one address (in the contiguous U.S. or Europe). The bounty check (if applicable) will get cut at the end of the campaign and sent to the designated financial contact.
A: One World Futbol Project cannot share the contact information of those who have purchased One World Futbols through a campaign.
A: We are not able to send a customized note on your behalf to people who support your campaign. We also regret that we cannot customize the shipping in any way.
A: We cannot ship One World Futbols to be sold at physical events, tournaments and so on, but we can provide you with a PDF to print our brochure to share at events and tournaments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request materials.
A: We do not have signage to loan for events/promotions, but you may create signage using the One World Futbol Project logo to fit your specifications/needs. We do require that our team reviews and approves all collateral that incorporates the One World Futbol Project logo. For use of our logo, email email@example.com. We’re excited that you want to share the One World Futbol Project mission and story!
A: Currently, there is no option to do this.
A: We typically send size 5 One World Futbols to recipient organizations. However, if needed and requested, we can send youth size 4 balls to organizations.
A: Currently, all campaign recipients must be organizations working with children and youth to create a positive change in our world.
A: It’s easy! Start by filling out the Campaign Application.