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The Albert 2012 Olympic Soccer Ball

OLYMPICS 2012 – The Albert

Adidas presents the official match ball for the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament – ‘THE ALBERT’

London, 1st March, 2012 – The Albert, the official match ball to be used at the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament was officially revealed today at The City of Coventry Stadium by Tom Cleverley of Manchester United and Robert Ashcroft, the 43 year old from Derbyshire who named the ball.

Tom Cleverley was on hand to present the ball to Robert Ashcroft, before they both stepped up to the penalty spot to be the first individuals to play with the ball in a London 2012 Olympic hosting stadium.

Cleverley said at the launch, “The Albert certainly has a unique name and striking identity. It is like no other ball I’ve seen before and it is going to really stand out on the pitch. The ball looks youthful and that is what London 2012 is meant to be about. The Olympic Games is going to be a huge event for Great Britain and if selected I would be delighted to represent Team GB.”

The name ‘The Albert’ was chosen after Adidas, Official Sportswear Provider for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, invited the Great British public to ‘name the ball’.

Over 12,000 unique names were suggested over a ten day period in February 2011 and the name of the ball was announced in July 2011, one year ahead of the football tournament.

The Albert carries the London 2012 logo and features additional design elements in striking colors from the London 2012colour palate. The ball will be used to kick off the Olympic Football Tournament in Cardiff on 25th July, two days before the Opening Ceremony.

Ashcroft submitted his suggestion of ‘The Albert’ with his own interpretation of cockney rhyming slang where he proposed the London iconic landmark ‘The Albert Hall’ could mean ‘Ball’. Information

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‘The Albert’ features a series of triangular panels that are thermally bonded together to ensure a true, stable flight path. Covering each panel of the ball is a grip texture which supports boot to ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface of the ball is a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.

Trophy The Albert 2012 Olympic Soccer Ball

‘The Albert’ meets and exceeds all FIFA Approved Standards for an Official Match Ball making it the most tested ball adidas has ever produced.

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Gamarada Olympic 2000 Soccer Ball

Adidas Gamarada

From Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico:

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Just like the Questra Europa in 1996, the Adidas Gamarada was designed similar to the Adidas Terrestra Silverstream, Official Match ball in the Euro 2000. This was the fourth Equipment ball after Adidas TricoloreIcon and Terrestra Silverstream.  Adidas indicated the balls where softer, faster and more durable.

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The Gamarada ball features synthetic foam, a special layer of highly compressible gas-filled-micro-balloons of equal size which returns energy in equal measures in all places. This gives the ball greater rebound characteristics, which means that it’s faster and more accurate and predictable ball flight. The millions of individual cells of air bedded in a polyurethane matrix also make it a much more durable ball.

The design of the Equipment Gamarada reflects the colors of the Australian outback. And the name is derived from the Language of the aborigines, and means “camaraderie” or “friend”.

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Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon


Adidas Japanese J-League Version of the Gamarada

Used
in all the Japanese league matches in 2000

The following pictures are from Soccer Ball World visitor Sheridan Bird

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Etrusco 1992 Olympic Soccer Ball

OLYMPICS 1992

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Adidas Etrusco

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Tango Sevilla Olympic 1984 Soccer Ball

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Official Women’s World Cup Soccer Ball 2015

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Women’s World Cup 2015 Match Ball

For FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, 2015

Adidas unveils Match Ball for

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

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FIFA and Adidas celebrate women’s football  05-Dec-2014Adidas today unveiled the official match ball of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, the Adidas conext15. The ball features a new green, red and blue ribbon design inspired by the elements of nature: earth, wind and fire.

The Adidas conext15 features the same ground-breaking technology that was used so successfully in Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The ball has a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure that provides improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch

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Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

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Icon Official Match Ball of the 1999 Women’s World Cup

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Engineered to the same specifications as the Equipment Tricolore (the Official Match ball of World Cup France 98′), the Adidas Equipment Icon was FIFA’s Official Matchball for the Women’s World Cup in 1999. This ball was the first one designed specifically for the Women’s World Cup.  Unlike traditional soccer balls, the Equipment Icon uses the same syntactic foam technology which debuted in the Equipment Tricolor at France 98′. According to Adidas, “syntactic foam’s tight, uniform matrix of gas-filled micro-balloons distributes energy more equally, enabling more rebound characteristics that make the ball faster and more accurate off the foot”.  The Equipment Icon’s design features colorful “icons” from the eight venue cities of Women’s World Cup 99′ including: San Jose, San Francisco, Portland (OR.), Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.  These icons are integrated into the Adidas “Tango” pattern, with an overlay of stars in honor of the US flag.  FIFA approved. The Equipment Icon is only the second ball to feature the Adidas Equipment logo.

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Information and pictures supplied by Alexander Djolev from Sofia, Bulgaria

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Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

WC Tricolore 1998 Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

By 1998, FIFA World Cup France was played with a ball which sported the French red-white-blue tri-color. A complete departure from the old traditional black and white pattern.  The first official World Cup soccer ball that was in color. The TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.

tricolre 3 Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

The above Tricolore soccer ball (football) picture provided by Sheridan Bird. Visit  www.sheridanbird.com.

Tricolore ball on stand Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

Featured a newly engineered hi-tech syntactic foam layer. This new foam material had better compression and more explosive rebound characteristics, making the ball softer and faster than its predecessor, Questra. The first World Cup ball in color was a revolutionary concept in ball surface design. 

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Was the first ever multi-colored Match Ball. France’s flag and national colors (the Tricolore) and the “cockerel” the traditional symbol of the French nation and Football Federation, inspired the ball’s name and design.

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How To Curve a Soccer Ball

Child playing football How To Curve a Soccer Ball

Researchers at Yamagata University in Japan are using finite-element analysis to simulate how people kick footballs. This illustration shows the deformation on a leg and ball, ranging from pink (the lowest) through blue, green and yellow to red (the highest). These studies have confirmed what most footballers know. If you kick the ball slightly off-centre with the front of your foot – and with your ankle bent into the shape of an “L” – the ball will curve in flight. This causes the applied force to act as a torque, which gives the ball a spin, enabling the Magnus effect to come into play.

First published in Physics World magazine, June 1998 pp25–27.  https://physicsworld.com/a/the-physics-of-football/

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Ball Drag

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The drag coefficient of a ball plotted against Reynold’s number – a non-dimensional parameter that takes into account both the velocity and diameter of the ball. The drag coefficient drops suddenly when the airflow at the surface of the sphere changes from laminar to turbulent.

The position of the discontinuity depends on the roughness of the surface of the ball. Footballs are relatively smooth and so need to be kicked relatively hard to gain enough speed to move into the turbulent phase.First published in Physics World magazine, June 1998 pp25–27.  https://physicsworld.com/a/the-physics-of-football/
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Soccer Ball Sizes

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If you want to purchase a soccer ball for yourself, you can just go to the closest sports shop and choose any one that you like. It all depends on which design you’re feeling on that particular day and you’ve got yourself a soccer ball. However, if you’re purchasing one for kids — particularly ones who are not yet in their teenage years — you can’t just give them any regular-sized ball.

The ball needs to be the correct soccer ball size in order for any player to not only develop, but simply have fun. Nobody wants to kick a ball that is too small or too big. And little you may know, there are a number of different sizes for soccer balls which are meant for certain age groups.

Soccerballworld.com is here to provide you an in-depth guide.

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Choosing the right size soccer ball

The first step in purchasing a soccer ball is determining the proper soccer ball size for your age group. Many soccer leagues have different size requirements, so be sure to check with your coach or organization to find out which is the proper size for the age group that the ball will be used with. Even if it isn’t for a soccer league and is just for a kid to play around with, there are certain sizes that are meant for certain age groups.

Soccer balls come in the following official sizes: 

  • Size 5 — Ages 12 and above
  • Size 4 — Ages 8 to 12 years 
  • Size 3 — Ages 5 to 8 years
  • Size 2 — Ages 3 to 5 years
  • Size 1 — Under 3 years of age

Size 5

  • This is the international standard match ball for all ages 12 and older, including what all the professional players play with.
  • The size 5 ball weighs between 14-16 ounces with a circumference of 27-28 inches.
  • Because of its size, it isn’t ideal for kids below 12 as they may have trouble kicking or controlling the ball.

Size 4

  • Size 4 balls are used for players between the ages of eight and 12.
  • Size 4 balls weigh between 12-13 ounces and have a circumference of 25-26 inches.
  • It is a medium-sized ball which is ideal for youth soccer players who may not have developed enough physically to handle the Size 5 balls as of yet.

Size 3

  • Size 3 balls are smaller balls which are generally used for children aged five to eight.
  • These balls are generally 23-24 inches in circumference and weigh between 11-12 ounces.
  • Size 3 balls are the smallest used in games involving junior players.

Size 2

  • Size 2 soccer balls are one of the smallest balls and are generally used for children aged three to five.
  • These balls are generally 20-22 inches in circumference and weigh between 8-9 ounces.
  • Because of its small size, it is ideal for young kids who are starting to develop skills on their way to becoming competent players.
  • Because of its small size, however, it can also be used by older players who are looking to improve their ball control, first touch and footwork.

Size 1

  • Size 1 balls iis the smallest socceer ball size available and are generally used for children aged below three.
  • These balls are generally 18-20 inches in circumference and weigh 7 ounces.
  • Although ideal for kids just getting started with the sport, like the size 2 ball, it can also be used by older players looking to improve their ball control, first touch and footwork.

So in conclusion, you cannot just buy any soccer ball you fancy. There are certain sizes that are meant for certain age groups to aid in their growth and development as players. A four-year-old will have trouble kicking a regular soccer ball size 5 ball and it will ultimately end up being a waste of money.

Not to mention, there are different uses as well. A regular size 5 ball may not be ideal for even professional players who are looking to improve their ball control whereas a smaller size 1 or 2 ball would help with much more benefits.

We hope this guide was helpful and you make the right purchase when you go soccer ball shopping!

For more information on FIFA international standard ball size and weight requirements read more.