Soccer Ball as an Artifact and Globalization

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Football or soccer as many people call it is the most celebrated game in the world. The world football-governing body indicates that, over 256 million people around the world are engaging in this sport. The sport has been used as a source of income, as social events, as skills and fitness development programs among other platforms. The most magical aspect of the game is the soccer ball. The ball has undergone different stages in its development. In most part of the world, owning a soccer ball is so important to many children and youths. A football also known as soccer ball is a round object whose size, weight and material composition is regulated and contained in the law 2 of the laws of the game. The earliest form of football started with animal bladders or stomachs that was easy to handle and kick (John 3). In 1883, the rubber football was introduced. The material that is used to make the ball has changed from rubber to leather to the modern day balls, which uses both leather and rubber. As the game spread though the world, the material used to make the ball also changed. In modern days, there are some parts of the world where rubber balls are not available. To be part of the game, children uses polythene bags that are folded into a spherical shapes and polythene threads to make the ball. Football history can be traced from ancient Greek. According to Foer 2, the modern day football or soccer as it is known in many countries has evolved from an ancient Greek game called harpaston. Harpaston was termed as brutal and rough game. According to literature, players were awarded points after passing with the ball in a designated line known as goal line. During this time, the players were allowed to throw the ball, kick it, pass it to other player and the aim of the opponent was to stop the ball from crossing on their side. There was no demarcated field of play. The

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