How was the football ball invented?

Where did the football ball come from?

A football is a prolate spheroid, and it’s shaped that way because that’s also the shape of an inflated pig’s bladder, which is what the first footballs were made of. Soccer balls were also made of pig’s bladders, but as soon as technology permitted, those balls got rounder, which made them easier to kick.

Did footballs used to be round?

It seems bizarre to think about nowadays, but originally both rugby balls and footballs were more round in appearance than anything else. That was because they were made from pig’s bladders, giving them a somewhat distinctive plum-like shape.

Who designed the football shape?

In Europe the first proper football invented is attributed to two shoemakers: Richard Lindon and William Gilbert who invented round and oval shaped balls.

Who invented a ball?

Nobody knows who invented the ball. It may have begun by people kicking or throwing rocks, coconuts, or other rounded objects in nature.

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