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What is the geometric shape of a soccer ball?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

10y ago

The name for a solid shape made out of that specific arrangement of hexagons and pentagons is known as a 'truncated icosohedron'.

Once fully inflated, a ball is typically spherical in shape. So the geometric name would be a sphere.

Wiki User

12y ago

Wiki User

16y ago

A rugby ball is, mathematically speaking, a "prolate spheroid"spheroid-1

By the way, the mathematical name of the shape of a coffee grain is "Remb's surface"http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RembsSurface.html

Wiki User

13y ago

my teams 4th rule is do your math. all's you have to do is if u r standing around u arent doing ur math. u have to set up and get ready but no actual math problems are involved

good question

Wiki User

10y ago

Under the IFAB's Laws of the Game, Law 2 states that the ball is spherical (a sphere, or three-dimensional circle). In practice, a perfect sphere is difficult to achieve with available materials at a reasonable cost, so soccer balls are manufactured to be approximately spherical.

The traditional pattern with white hexagon and black pentagon patches sewn together is technically called a "spherical truncated icosahedron". However, this description can be deceptive because the faces are rounded and convex, not flat as in a proper truncated icosahedron, due to the internal air pressure of the ball. As a result, the hexagon patches are not regular hexagons (the three sides touching black pentagons are slightly shorter), which causes this pattern to defy a perfect geometric description, leaving only approximations to describe it.

Many other patch patterns are possible and several of them have become quite common, including those resembling a volleyball and numerous other regular and irregular tilings, patterns, and colors. In short, because of these variations and the discussion of the truncated icosahedron above, it is sufficient to describe the soccer ball as a sphere for all practical purposes.

Wiki User

14y ago

To the best of my knowledge it would simply be described as a polygon. I believe the specific name is a truncated icosahedron.

Wiki User

5y ago

actually you have to use a skill called insanity

Wiki User

13y ago

A footy.