Origins of The Ball. Historians have found evidence to suggest that proto-soccer balls were made use of by a number of ancient cultures, including the Chinese, Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. Almost all accounts are of teams or individuals kicking a makeshift ball, and it’s always been a community game, where the entire village would get involved.
Mass production of soccer balls started as a direct consequence of the English Football League that was founded in 1888. Mitre and Thomlinson’s of Glasgow were two of the first companies to mass produce soccer balls during that time. They touted that the key element in a quality football was how well it could retain it’s shape.
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In 1855, Charles Goodyear designed and built the first vulcanized rubber soccer balls (footballs). In the 1862, H.J. Lindon developed one of the first inflatable rubber bladders for balls. Tragically his wife previously died from lung disease.
Then, in 1951 they made the soccer ball WHITE! Once the 1960s came, soccer balls were made completely from synthetic materials. Architect R. Buckminster Fuller created the iconic soccer ball we all know and love using 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal pieces stitched together to form a sphere. This is when the black pentagons were iconically added.
The history of the soccer ball dates back to ancient times. From a couple centuries BC to about 200 AD, the Chinese used balls made from animal skins in a game called 'tsu chu', in which players had to pass them through a net stretched between two poles.
History of the Ball. By George Smith | April 17, 2016. 5 Comments. According to official FIFA regulations, a soccer ball must be spherical, made of leather or another suitable material, the circumference must be between 68 and 70cm, the weight must be between 410 and 450g, and the internal pressure must be between .6 and 1.1 atmospheres.
The people who do not know the history of soccer might get surprised, or maybe even disgusted, when they find out that the very first balls were made from animals. During the earliest days of the game that were used for each game was made from an animal bladder.
The history of football (soccer) Football (or soccer as the game is called in some parts of the world) has a long history. Football in its current form arose in England in the middle of the 19th century. But alternative versions of the game existed much earlier and are a part of the football history.