Soccer Ball


The soccer ball has evolved over the years, but the most famous model is the Adidas Telstar. It is made of leather and consists of 32 hand-stitched panels - 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons. These shapes are used to create the “roundest sphere of all time.” The use of white and black made the ball more visible on television. The first was used in 1970 for the FIFA (International Federation of Football Association) World Cup.

Different leagues began to use different colored balls to create “trademark” looks. The red, white, and blue ball shown here was used in the NASL’s (North American Soccer League) first championship game. The “Soccer Bowl,” as NASL commissioner Phil Woosnam christened it, was played on August 24, 1975, in San Jose, California, between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Portland Timbers, two expansion teams that joined the league that year. Tampa Bay beat the all-British Timbers, 2-0, and became the third consecutive expansion team to take the NASL crown.

Date Made: ca 1975Date Made: 1975

User: North American Soccer LeagueMaker: Adidas

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France

Name Of Sport: SoccerLevel Of Sport: ProfessionalWeb Subject: Sports


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Credit Line: North American Soccer League

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.1059.01Accession Number: 1979.1059Catalog Number: 1979.1059.01

Object Name: ballball, soccersoccer ball

Physical Description: leather (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm


Record Id: nmah_682185

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