Evolution of the World Cup match ball

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- Alex Baker, Yahoo

Since the dawn of civilization, people have played games that involve kicking a ball, or something like it. Early incarnations of the soccer ball were fashioned from animal bladders, stitched up cloth, and even human heads. Thankfully, soccer ball technology has evolved over the years and today's balls are made entirely from durable synthetics.

The draw for Group G of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil with Germany, Portugal, Ghana and USA is printed on a Brazuca match ball on December 6, 2013 in Scheinfeld near Herzogenaurach, Germany. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images for adidas)
2014 World Cup match ball
The draw for Group G of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil with Germany, Portugal, Ghana and USA is printed on a Brazuca match ball on December 6, 2013 in Scheinfeld near Herzogenaurach, Germany. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images for adidas)
1930 World Cup match balls (Ben Sutherland/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/62UDA3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1930 World Cup match balls
1930 World Cup match balls (Ben Sutherland/Flickr)
1934 World Cup match ball
1934 World Cup match ball
1934 World Cup match ball
1938 World Cup match ball
1938 World Cup match ball
1938 World Cup match ball
1950 World Cup match ball
1950 World Cup match ball
1950 World Cup match ball
1954 World Cup match ball
1954 World Cup match ball
1954 World Cup match ball
1958 World Cup match ball
1958 World Cup match ball
1958 World Cup match ball
1962 World Cup match ball
1962 World Cup match ball
1962 World Cup match ball
1966 World Cup match ball (Ben Sutherland/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bensutherland/3302542219/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1966 World Cup match ball
1966 World Cup match ball (Ben Sutherland/Flickr)
1970 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shine2010/4171467668/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1970 World Cup match ball
1970 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/Flickr)
1974 World Cup match ball (warrenski/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7ZRh3p" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1974 World Cup match ball
1974 World Cup match ball (warrenski/Flickr)
1978 World Cup match ball (warrenski/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/warrenski/4593416624/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1978 World Cup match ball
1978 World Cup match ball (warrenski/Flickr)
1982 World Cup match ball (warrenski/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7ZUt3U" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1982 World Cup match ball
1982 World Cup match ball (warrenski/Flickr)
1986 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7mBSMu" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1986 World Cup match ball
1986 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/Flickr)
1990 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7mxZVK" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1990 World Cup match ball
1990 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/Flickr)
1994 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7my11r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1994 World Cup match ball
1994 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/Flickr)
1998 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7my1wD" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
1998 World Cup match ball
1998 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/Flickr)
2002 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/<a href="https://flic.kr/p/7my1Zn" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flickr" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flickr</a>)
2002 World Cup match ball
2002 World Cup match ball (Shine 2010/Flickr)
General view of the match ball prior to the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Final match between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium on July 9, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
2006 World Cup match ball
General view of the match ball prior to the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Final match between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium on July 9, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A view of the personalisation of the adidas Jo'bulani official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain is printed in the FIFA Headquarters on July 8, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for adidas)
2010 World Cup match ball
A view of the personalisation of the adidas Jo'bulani official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain is printed in the FIFA Headquarters on July 8, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for adidas)

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