Crystal Soccer Ball

Crystal Soccer Ball
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Product ID : PW-Soccerball



Soccer is the world's most popular sport dating back far into the ancient times.  It makes sense that the soccer ball is one of the oldest of all sports balls.  Researchers have discovered many soccer balls had variations depending on  different cultures.

1.  The Chinese created a sort of soccer ball that was basically a thick bunch of animal skin rolled and stuffed together to form a sphere.

2.  In Egypt, soccer balls were often constructed primarily of linen pouches filled with seeds.

3.  The Mayans and Aztecs made most of their soccer balls from the latex of rubber wood.

4.  In Greece, soccer balls were liner pouches filled with compacted hair.

Over time as the sprot grew, the ball had a more generalized shape and for centuries until 1855, Soccer balls were made of hand-blown pigs bladders wrapped in leather!   In 1855, the Goodyear Soccer Ball was invented by Charles Goodyear made of rubber using vulcanization.  This technology allowed rubber to be treated beforehand to rid it of its susceptibility to hot playing temperatures without causing it to lose its bounce.

Basically, vulcanized rubber was much more solidified and durable than typical rubber and therefore would not melt or become deformed from normal use. This, of course, allowed the game to be played much more effectively and enjoyably than ever before.

One cool fact:  When James Naismith developed the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, the first game was played with - a soccer ball!

Lastly, Soccer balls were originally painted with the now classic black and white checkered look in order to make them more visible on black and white TV during the 1970 FIFA World Cup.  Naturally, people wanted to buy balls that looked like those that the professionals used on TV and thus everybody bought the black and white checkered soccer ball instead of the previous traditional solid color ball.

At Crystal Emporium, we appreciate ALL the sports!   Our Crystal Soccer Ball paperweight is made of full-leaded crystal and it weighs almost 1.5 lbs!  It measures 80mm and is self-standing too!    Makes a great gift for that budding soccer star in your life!

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