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A Brief History of the Development of Soccer Ball Design

A Brief History of the Development of Soccer Ball Design

As we know, the modern soccer ball originated in England. The establishment of the FA in 1863 marked its birth. Compared with the early development of the soccer ball, the progress of its design technology is obviously much slower.


1. Early soccer ball design

Early soccer ball design was not taken seriously. At that time, there was no uniform design standard for it. The popular soccer balls on the market were sewn from multiple pieces of leather and the animal's bladder was built in to inflate. This kind of weird-looking things is hard to make common people feel good about it. When the British first introduced the ball to South America in 1865, the soccer ball fan's ball almost couldn't pass the security check.


It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that soccer ball design had a unified standard. At that time, a soccer ball consisted of 11 pieces of T-shaped leather; hence, at that time it was also called T-ball. Since the second World Cup in 1934, various versions of the T-ball have become the official soccer ball for subsequent World Cups.


At that time, the soccer ball situation of various countries was still very closed and the differences in soccer ball between countries were also very large. Therefore, at that time, the manufacture of soccer ball of each country followed the World Cup standards. After seeing several decades of needlework by FIFA, people saw the T-soccer ball with invisible valve design without stitching at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. Since then, soccer ball design technology has developed rapidly.


2. Development of custom soccer ball design

In the 1960s, the leather of soccer ball began to change from T-shaped to polygonal leather. In the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, 32 black and white inlaid footballs were used for the first time, which became a classic and the standard for soccer ball design after that. The custom soccer ball design of the 2018 World Cup is also a replica of this ball.


Afterwards, the soccer ball design has probably become a skin-changing game. Most of the custom soccer ball designers only enhance the leather material and color matching of the soccer ball. The 32-piece leather design is basically no changed.


Until the 21st century, new leather cutting technology and thermal bonding splicing technology made new soccer ball designs possible. In the 2006 World Cup, the number of leather of the Teamgeist ball was reduced to 14 pieces and connection points on the surface was reduced from 60 to 24. With its large and round shape, it became the roundest soccer ball ever. "Football is round" finally became a reality in the true sense.

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