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. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Steven Paul Jobs
    Steven Paul Jobs  4 days ago

    Next. Why are Barns painted red. And why round pizza in square box.

  • bubblegumpopvideo
    bubblegumpopvideo  26 days ago

    It’s called Soccer! Stop calling football! USA 🇺🇸 Always will be ⚽️

  • gjaddajg
    gjaddajg  29 days ago

    Mention the creator/designer of the ball, maybe? Eigil Nielsen, founder of Select Sport, designed the ball in 1962. The Telstar from Adidas was the first ball using the same design to be used at a World Cup.

  • PissyMcCornflakes
    PissyMcCornflakes  1 months ago

    Only one country calls it soccer
    Vox: "WELL! wE cAlL iT tHaT"

  • Christopher Sneap
    Christopher Sneap  1 months ago

    I just came onto this video to read the comments 😂😂😂

  • Félix Hurteau
    Félix Hurteau  1 months ago

    Its called soccer here

  • Azer Efendizade
    Azer Efendizade  1 months ago +1

    Ok, as a Canadian, I am going to have a little 1 on 1 with England:
    When you Englishmen created the rulebook for soccer and introduced it to the US, we already had a sport named football. It was the Englishmen who let us say "soccer". So it was up to them to decide to let us call it "soccer", not for you random butthurt Englishmen in the comments to decide. Get your facts before arguing.

  • Jamie Baker
    Jamie Baker  1 months ago

    Yeah it's called foot ball, let's get it right next time vox

  • Raghunandan Reddy C
    Raghunandan Reddy C  1 months ago

    its football,

  • Álvaro Martín Cañete

    And in 1974 the ball was Telstar as well and it was exactly the same design. It was a sensation since 1970, also the world cup with best football ever.

  • Rahil
    Rahil  1 months ago

    when i think of soccer i think of dumb americans

  • Rahil
    Rahil  1 months ago

    Its called football offs

    LENGHONG KOH  1 months ago


  • Down Comes the Hammer

    inb4 all the drunk brits yelling "IT'S FOOTBALL"

  • billybobobenner
    billybobobenner  1 months ago

    It's a FOOTBALL! Glad to have helped.

  • Fernando Lopes
    Fernando Lopes  2 months ago +1

    It's Football.

  • TheTallCheetah
    TheTallCheetah  2 months ago

    The original 32 panel Telstar design was replaced with the Teamgeist that had 14 curved panels in the 2006 FIFA World Cup

  • RBM
    RBM  2 months ago

    'If I asked you, to imagine a soccer ball, what would it look like?'
    Well, I don't know, I only know how to imagine a football.

  • Максим Бекетов

    There's also some cool math behind :)

  • Mah Name.-.
    Mah Name.-.  2 months ago

    97% of the comments have to do with football
    Guys it’s getting REALLY repetitive.