The Progression Of The FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball (Gif)

One of the coolest aspects of the modern era of Soccer (or futbol, if you’re outside the States) is seeing the progression of the equipment and technology used in the game we love.

Cleats, fields, turf, match balls and more are constantly evolving and progressing to keep pace with the game we love.

Below you can see the evolution of the FIFA World Cup official match balls from all past World Cups.

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup has officially started and we at The Higher Learning could not be more excited!

The FIFA World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world. Individual matches in past World Cups have attracted 700+ million television viewers from around the world (nearly 10% of the planet’s entire population).

According to FIFA.com…

“The first FIFA World Cup opened at the brand-new Estadio Centenario in Montevideo on 18 July 1930. It was the beginning of a new era in world football and the inaugural event proved a remarkable success, both in a sporting and a financial sense.”

The World Cup has come a long way and is now one of the most valuable venues for players to showcase their skills and businesses to make money, but this was not always the case.

The FIFA World Cup took decades to get full international participation. In fact, in the very first World Cup, which took place in Uruguay in 1930, only four European sides participated.

Despite little initial success, the tournament overcame adversity. Today, the FIFA World Cup brings fans and players together from all over the world.

This year’s host country is (suitably) Brazil. Brazil is the only country that has participated in every FIFA World Cup and is leading the pack with five championships.

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