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User:
North American Soccer League  Search this
Maker:
Adidas  Search this
Physical Description:
leather (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
ball
ball, soccer
soccer ball
Place made:
France
Date made:
ca 1975
Date made:
1975
Description:
The soccer ball has evolved over the years, but the most famous model is the Adidas Telstar. It is made of leather and consists of 32 hand-stitched panels - 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons. These shapes are used to create the “roundest sphere of all time.” The use of white and black made the ball more visible on television. The first was used in 1970 for the FIFA (International Federation of Football Association) World Cup.
Different leagues began to use different colored balls to create “trademark” looks. The red, white, and blue ball shown here was used in the NASL’s (North American Soccer League) first championship game. The “Soccer Bowl,” as NASL commissioner Phil Woosnam christened it, was played on August 24, 1975, in San Jose, California, between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Portland Timbers, two expansion teams that joined the league that year. Tampa Bay beat the all-British Timbers, 2-0, and became the third consecutive expansion team to take the NASL crown.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Soccer  Search this
Professional  Search this
Sports  Search this
Credit Line:
North American Soccer League
ID Number:
1979.1059.01
Accession number:
1979.1059
Catalog number:
1979.1059.01
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0273-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_682185