How TV gave us the classic soccer ball

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  • Published on:  Friday, June 15, 2018
  • The 2018 World Cup football is a nod back to an iconic design.

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    When you think of a soccer ball, you probably imagine a classic black-and-white paneled ball. It’s known as the Telstar ball, and it was created thanks to TV.

    The 1966 World Cup in England was broadcast live across the globe and it was at this point that television became a huge part of the sport. Thanks to the BBC, it was seen by four hundred million people. But spotting the ball was a bit challenging.

    Back then, soccer balls looked more like reddish-brown volleyballs. And on black-and-white TVs, it didn’t really stand out from the green field.

    By the 1970 World Cup, the soccer ball had changed to that classic Telstar. The contrasting panels made it stand out on TV. Plus, the players loved it because the 32 panels brought the ball closer to an actual sphere.

    This year’s World Cup ball is called the Telstar 18, a nod to the original design. While the panels have changed to just six propeller-shaped pieces to make the ball even more spherical, the black-and-white checkered design is back.

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  • Joel Hukubun

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    It's football, not soccer!

  • Libby Bollinger

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    Joel Hukubun it depends on the country. For instance, Latin America, and most of Europe, with the exception of Ireland, and some countries that have their own name, call it football, whereas most of Oceania and North America call it Soccer, or a variant of Soccer. Asia is mostly Football, with Japan calling it something based on Soccer, and several south Asian countries using their own name, and Africa is split, with Southern Africa, including S. Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Lesotho, calls...

  • BAngelZ 09

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    Joel Hukubun Its both geez!

  • Josh Wilson

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    It's pronounced "football"

  • Nate

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    Brian M For a start that’s total bullshit. The Irish do not call it soccer. I have lots of Irish friends.

  • Brian M

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    +Nate https://www.businessinsider.com/football-vs-soccer-map-2013-12

  • Mikael Lindström

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    You mean football? :)

  • TheSyrian Eyes

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    F O O T B A L L

  • Van Hendrix

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    It's called Football

  • Brian M

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    *サッカー

  • s7553

     (Sep 3, 2018)

    qwertylello calcium

  • bryan goh

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    Comments section :100% 'Football'

  • Libby Bollinger

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    bryan goh honestly, and it’s so stupid how people think it’s only the Americans who call it Soccer.

  • Okan Özkan

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    lol what did you expect

  • Shan M

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    *football

  • Eagle

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    Football* You use your foot, and you kick the ball.

  • Brian M

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    By your argument Cricket should be played with crickets and Rugby should be played with rugs. That's not how language works.

  • TissuePaper

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    Yeah almost like Vox is an American media outlet.

  • Jeshen Ham

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    Football

  • Robin Ramakers

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    You mean football?

  • Home of the Mad

     (Jun 21, 2018)

    Robin Ramakers I will call it football if you call it boring.