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Question Number: 5043

Law 2 - The Ball

RE: Adult

Manny of , MO asks...

To whom it may concern,. I am writing a paper on the history of the soccer ball. I need some help finding some sources and any other information on this particular subject. so the question is what is the history of the common soccer ball used in the game of soccer?

Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

I would redirect your question through to manufactors of soccer balls and see if they can help.

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Answer provided by Referee Dawson

The very earliest form of the game for which there is scientific evidence was an exercise of precisely this skilful technique dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries B.C. in China. A military manual dating from the period of the Han Dynasty includes among the physical education exercises, the "Tsu'Chu". This consisted of kicking a leather ball filled with feathers and hair through an opening, measuring only 30 - 40 cm in width, into a small net fixed onto long bamboo canes - a feat which obviously demanded great skill and excellent technique..Aside from using a head from an execution, leather balls filled with straw or water, pig bladders and goodness knows what else the newer balls stitched and with artifical created materials. Look up the history of football on the FIFA site and UK sites for help as well. Cheers

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