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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  • 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)


  • Van Hendrix  (Jun 15, 2018)

    It's called Football

  • Brian M  (Feb 6, 2019)


  • s7553  (Sep 3, 2018)

    qwertylello calcium

  • vtt355  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Football 😒

  • grilled tuna  (Jun 16, 2018)

    Hazilia VanLovette apparent American football is called what it is because the ball is a foot long

  • Strigidae Strigiformes  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Fox... keeping it real. DAMN YOU AUTO CORRECT!!!

  • Paola M.  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Football *

  • FortZax  (Jun 15, 2018)

    I'm just gonna like every comment with the word football

  • Tadeoska  (Jul 1, 2018)

    good name namesake ahaha

  • Tadeoska  (Jul 1, 2018)

    I know that in US the education is poor, but I thought that arguing was a human instinct, but the usians show me that no.

  • FortZax  (Jun 15, 2018)


  • Jayfive276  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Wrong. All wrong. The game is soccer and football. Both are correct.

  • waterglass21  (Jun 15, 2018)


  • rm23  (Jun 15, 2018)

    its called football smh

  • b  (Jun 15, 2018)

    rm23 Good. I hope you do. And I also hope you get an education to learn how language works. You might be surprised to find out just how ignorant you actually are!Dumbass Europeans...

  • slorr55  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Football not soccer

  • Alice Evonic  (Jun 18, 2018)

    Its called Soccer

  • JakeXD  (Jun 17, 2018)

    erik2811 Canadians do

  • Shamim Azad  (Jun 15, 2018)

    A "FOOTBALL" ⚽ it is...

  • LazyLamont92  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Shamim Azad Also when the Laws of the Game were written, Football was split in two. One was called Association football, the other was Rugby football. Calling something just football is like calling punk rock music just Rock. You are right but not completely accurate because there are more than one form of Rock music just like there is more than one form of football: gridiron, Gaelic, association, rugby, Australian rules, canadian, etc.

  • LazyLamont92  (Jun 15, 2018)

    Shamim Azad If we really want to get semantic about this, soccer is short for Association Football, the name of the official name of the sport as set down by the Laws of the Game. So when some when says Soccer ball they are saying Association Football ball.And I am saying who the hell cares because you know what they mean.