The Soccer Ball: It’s Evolution Exlained

While the universal objective of all junior soccerteams is to defeat all rivals in their division or tournament, other teams feel that this isn’t the only aspect that should be given importance. Some soccercoaches like to instill additional knowledge about the sport into the minds of their players in an attempt to further develop each player’s love for the sport, which ultimately equates to an improved performance down the line.

With that being said, the ball is one item in particular that has some history behind it. If the reader of this article would be interested in knowing more about it, then he or she may feel free to continue reading the next paragraph.

During the early days when the sport was still new, the ball was primarily made out of a pig’s bladder. Moreover, full-grain leather was used to cover the whole thing, as it was deemed as the most durable and lightweight material they could find or manipulate at the time.

While the tough outer shell of the ball served its purpose (of being kicked around without breaking) fairly well, there was one problem that kept it from being far from perfect. Junior soccerteams back then found out that the coarse material easily absorbed water, which made it too heavy to handle.

Today, the soccer ball has evolved into something far more resistant and durable, thanks to the help of newer technology. Synthetic leather is now used as the outer cover of this object, making it tougher, lighter, and more importantly, water-resistant.

The majority of balls (including the ones used in professional matches around the globe) consist of thirty-two panels, wherein twenty of these are hexagonal in shape, while the remaining twelve are pentagonal.

The number of panels wasn’t just randomly selected – when the ball is inflated, these panels bulge because of the pressure from within. If there were fewer panels, the ball wouldn’t be as aerodynamic; therefore, it’d curve when airborne.

As for the creation process, the panels are cut out piece by piece. These parts are then either glued or stitched together – soccerballs which follow the former process are less durable, but cheaper in cost. On the other hand, the more expensive ball is usually hand-stitched (rather than being stitched by a machine), and therefore have a tighter, stronger seam.

Junior soccerteams usually use balls which are glued or stitched together by machine during practice sessions. But when it comes to competition time, tougher, hand-stitched balls are needed to ensure continuous play and optimal performance from players.


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