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Since it was first played in 1863, soccer – called football or fútbol in many lands – has become one of the world’s most popular sports. It is played in over 250 million people in two hundred countries, and championship games are viewed by millions of fans.
The iconic soccer ball most often used today was invented in 1962. The black and white checkerboard pattern of thirty two pentagonal and hexagonal panels is called a truncated icosahedron pattern.
Would you like to be able to draw a perfectly formed soccer ball in celebration of your favorite team? Now you can. Simply follow this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
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All you will need is a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a pen, pencil or marker. You may also want to collect a good eraser, a ruler, and some markers, colored pencils, or crayons with which to color your drawing.
Notice the illustrations that accompany each step of this drawing guide. In each step, new lines added are highlighted in blue. Lines from previous steps appear in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will draw some lines simply as guides to be erased later.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Soccer Ball
Begin by drawing two straight, perpendicular lines. You may want to employ a straight edged ruler.
Draw a circle around the lines.
In the upper right quadrant, draw a small rectangle. The rectangle will help you to measure the distances in the next step.
Along each of the four lines, draw two short, straight, perpendicular lines. These lines will serve as guide lines.
Erase the rectangle. Extend the guide line from where its top had been. Extend the corresponding guide line in the bottom half of the figure.
Using four straight lines, connect the ends of the previously extended lines to the inner guide lines on the center horizontal line, forming a hexagon. Erase the guide lines.
Using two long, straight lines, draw an “X” through the middle of the figure.
Extend a short, straight line diagonally downward from the left and right of the hexagon.
Begin sketching additional pentagons and hexagons to form the soccer ball pattern. Above the central hexagon, connect the top of the “X” to the vertical line to form a pentagon. To the left of this shape, use the extended lines and three straight lines to form a hexagon. Below this shape, draw two straight lines to form a pentagon.
Continue this pattern on the right side of the figure. Use three lines to form a hexagon. Below this shape, use two lines to complete the pentagon.
Use two straight lines to complete the pentagon at the bottom of the figure. Erase the vertical guide line.
Draw eight short, straight lines extending from the pattern to the sides of the ball.
Erase the central “X” and the horizontal guide line.
Shade the central hexagon and four of the shapes along the outside edge of the ball. While soccer balls are traditionally black and white, why not get creative? Color your soccer ball using your favorite colors or the colors that represent your favorite soccer team.
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