Here you can see the first soccer balls which were used in the first
World Cup until the most recent championships in which the sport brand
ADIDAS is the official supplier. All these balls are original and they
are not on sale.
BALL OF THE BEGINNING OF XX CENTURY (1900)
This model was the first one known on the soccer
history. Its appearance was like a basket ball. The ball was consisted
of 8 long panels which joined in two poles of the ball thanks to
an octagon panel, as you can see. Of course this model was not use
in any World Cup but it is interesting to know how the first soccer
balls were like. Available in store.
1930 T- SHAPE
The T-Shape model was used on the first World Cup
in Uruguay 1930. It was characterized by the T form of its panels.
There were in total 12 T panels. This ball had a sewing with lace
to be inflated as you can observe on the picture. On the 1930 championship
were used two ball models, the T-Shape and the 12 panels ball (the
following model). Available at store.
1930 TWELVE PANELS
This mythical ball consisted of 12 panels made of genuine leather.
This model and the T-Shape ball were used during the first World
Cup in 1930, Uruguay. It had a sewing with laces out the ball in
order to inflate it. This ball has gone down in history as the icon
ball in most of clubs' shields like Barcelona's shield. It represents
all ancient leather balls from 1930 to 1960. Available at store.
1934 FEDERALE 102
Model used on the 2º World Cup, Italy 1934.
It consisted of 13 cut panels. Nowadays it is so difficult to find
a model of this time. The ball also had a sewing with lace to be
inflated. Available at store.
This ball was known as ALLEN, the company which
provided soccer balls during the World Cup in France 1938. These
kind of balls usually had 12 panels but this model consisted of
13 leather panels, because on the part of the ball where had the
lace to be inflated, was consisted of 3 panels. The rest of the
ball consisted of groups of 2 panels. Available at store.
1950 SUPER DUPLO T
Ball used on the 50´s and of course on the
World Cup in Brasil 1950. It consisted of 12 panels. This model
was the first one which did not have any sewing with lace, that
is to say, it was inflated as the current balls, thanks to a valve.
Available at store.
The official ball on the Switzerland World Cup
1954. It was consisted of 18 leather cut panels. The reason of using
cut panels was because the goal was to get the most espherical ball
as possible. This ball also was the first one in a different colour,
yellow. On its surface was printed with the following lettering:
SWISS WORLD CHAMPION MATCH BALL. Available at store.
1958 TOP START
Ball used on The World Cup in Sweden 1958. The
design was very similar to 1954 model, but in this case the panels
was not cut as you can see. It was consisted of 18 leather panels.
For this tournament were used two ball models, one brown, one white.
The white model was used on the last matches, but not on the final.
Available at store.
The legendary Crack ball was the authentic ball
used during the 1962 World Cup in Chile. This mode revolutionized
the soccer balls designs due to its octogonal panels. This ball
was composed of octogonal long panels. Curiosly this is the Adidas
stile at the present days, using long panels to get more ball's
surface in order to kick it in a better way. This model had a bladder
as the current balls. Available at store.
Many people think the Santiago ball was the official
ball for the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but it was not. Adidas, the
brand which designed the Santiago, launched this model in 1963 as
a tribute to the World Cup played last year. In the 90's Adidas
relaunched a reedition of this ball, the Santiago.
This model was well-known as "Challenge".
It was used on The World Cup in England 1966. Model very similar
like 1958 one, the most important difference was the colour, orange.
Although during the championship were also used in yellow and white.
This model was the last one before the ADIDAS hegemony. From that
moment on the following World Cup models were designed by ADIDAS.
Available at store.
Telstar, provided by Adidas, was the official match
ball of 1970 FIFA World Cup and 1974 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico
and West Germany. It was painted with black and white panels so
it was more visible on black-and-white television, and hence its
name which is short for television star. Telstar was also a series
of TV satellites, providing intercontinental live coverage also
of football games.
1974 TELSTAR Y CHILE DURLAST
Adidas repeated the same design, the only difference
was the colour of the lettering, in this case in black. The Telstar
is considered a classic design . The Telstar became in the icon
of all soccer balls that is why we can see this design in most of
cartoon movies, comics or pictures for children. On the 1974 World
Cup in Germany, Adidas introduced two models, the Telstar and the
Chile Durlast. Both models were the official match balls for that
tournament. The Chile durlast ball was composed by 32 panels as
well, but the ball was completly white.
1978 TANGO RIVER PLATE
Tango Durlast by Adidas was the official match
ball of 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.It introduced a new design
which would be used for the next twenty years: Twenty identical
panels with ‘triads’ created the impression of 7 circles.
It was the most expensive ball in history, at the time, with a £50
price tag. Like its predecessors, the adidas tango durlast was made
of genuine leather and boasted the shiny waterproofing durlast coating.
1982 TANGO ESPAÑA
Tango España by Adidas was the official
match ball of 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. The Tango España
had improved water resistant qualities through its rubberized seams.
These were not very resistant and resulted in the ball having to
be changed several times during some games. This ball was the last
genuine leather ball to be used in the world cup.
Azteca Mexico by Adidas was the official match
ball of 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. It was also the first fully
synthetic FIFA World Cup ball.The elaborately decorated design was
inspired by the hosting nation’s native Aztec architecture
1990 ETRUSCO UNICO
The Etrusco Unico was a football made by Adidas
in the early 1990s. It was the official match ball of the 1990 FIFA
World Cup in Italy and the Euro 1992 in Sweden. The name and intricate
design took their inspiration from Italy’s ancient history
and the fine art of the Etruscans. Three Etruscan lion heads decorate
each of the 20 Tango triads.
Questra by Adidas was the official match ball of
1994 FIFA World Cup in United State. The name was derived from an
ancient word meaning "the quest for the stars."In the
development process of the Questra, Adidas tried to create a lighter
and more responsive ball. By manufacturing the new ball from five
different materials and enveloping it in polystyrene foam, Adidas
made the Questra more waterproof and allowed for greater acceleration
Tricolore by Adidas was the official match ball
of 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. It was the first multi-coloured
ball to be used in the finals. It was also the last world cup ball
to bear the classic tango design introduced in 1978. The blue design
was to represent the colours of the french national team who were
the hosts of the world cup in 1998. Tricolores were also the first
adidas world cup match-balls manufactured outside of Europe (made
in Morocco) since the 1970 telstar.
The adidas Fevernova was the first World Cup Match
Ball since 1978 to part from the traditional Tango design introduced
in 1978. The colorful and revolutionary look and color usage was
entirely based on Asian culture. The Fevernova featured a refined
syntactic foam layer to give the ball superior performance characteristics
and a three-layer, knitted chassis, allowing for a more precise
and predictable flight path every time.
The ball was designed by the Adidas Innovation
Team and the Molten Corporation and is made by Adidas, which has
provided the balls used in all World Cup matches since the 1970
World Cup when the Telstar was introduced. The Teamgeist ball differs
from previous balls in having just 14 curved panels (making the
ball topologically equivalent to a truncated octahedron), rather
than the 32 that have been standard since 1970. In another first,
the panels are bonded together rather than stitched. It is claimed
to be rounder and to perform more uniformly regardless of where
it is hit, and being almost waterproof it does not change performance
as much when wet.
The official ball for the 2010 World Cup in South
Africa was the Jabulani. This model like its predecessor, Teamgeist,
also is composed of large panels to get the most smooth surface
as possible. But technically speaking, its surface has a roughness
in order to be controlled better by players.