Video: The Future of Soccer Ball Design
The 2014 World Cup “Brazuca” soccer ball has been touted as being the most advanced ever made after the company spent two years designing it with fewer panels of a single shape across the ball’s surface. Such “single-panel” design makes the ball smoother, rounder, and more consistent. But Pratt Institute Architecture Professor and designer Haresh Lalvani says the preferred “one-panel” design means future choices for ball designs are limited.
In 2007, Lalvani disclosed one-panel soccer ball designs in a patent which included a very similar design to the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. He says that through mathematics and geometry it is possible to see where innovation in ball design may be heading.