Thursday, March 25, 2010

Today’s Soccer Ball

Soccer balls that are made today consist of three layers. The outer layer that can be seen is the surface or cover. This is usually made of a synthetic leather. The next layer is the internal lining. The internal lining has a few different layers of polyester or cotton. The last layer of the soccer ball is the bladder which holds air. This is made of latex or butyl. Once the layers are put together, thirty-two panels are cut into the ball. These panels consist of twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons. The best soccer balls are made in Pakistan. They are hand stitched and professional soccer players use them. Today’s soccer ball has come a long way from its origin.

1 comment:

  1. I am not familiar with soccer and this was good learning experience to work on you blog:
    The origin of soccer can be found in every corner of geography and history. The Italians, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Toltecs, Native American Indians, Persians, Central Americans, Scottish Clans, Vikings and Assyrians played a ball game long before our era. Beautiful natural dark Burgundy ball-This is a fine replica of an old style soccer ball made of expensive paneled leather. From Past Time Sports who make fine replicas of old sports equipment for awards , trophies, commemoratives fine corporate gifts and incentive programs. This is a hand made , hand stitched and hand sewn soccer ball created from an original one in our possession. The leather has been specially tanned and aged to give the ball the old look. We meticulously followed the pattern of the old ball in the construction . Having this ball is like owning a mint old original. It is made for playing, for an award or commemorative or display or accent piece for a collection. You can kick and shoot the ball if you like as it is inflated and has a valve to add or delete air. Vintage soccer balls of this type are extremely rare and very pricey, when found, running into the hundreds of dollars. No team sport approaches soccer's popularity in both Europe and South America. The professional leagues on these continents play from fall through spring in domestic competition, after which the top teams take part in international "cup," or tournament, play. The European Cup (1955) is the most prestigious on that continent. The best tournament in South America is the Liberatadores Cup (1960) and is usually won by a team from Argentina. Those two cup winners than meet for the annual World Club Championship. In 2000, a true world club championship was established by FIFA. The FIFA Club World Championship pitted the top clubs from every continent of the world for the first time ever. Soccer often alleviates the chronic evils of countries. It annuls ethnic divisions, or if there are none, it thwarts the rifts caused by politics. Soccer also momentarily set aside the conflict between the country’s two souls, spreading widespread patriotic feelings.