Telstar Football

The Telstar Football was the official match ball of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. This ball consists of 32 polygons (20 white hexagons and 12 black pentagons) stiched together to form a sphere. The Form 2 students of St. Margaret College Boys’ Secondary, Verdala, made a cardboard version of the ball. They first constructed twelve equal pentagons on cardboard sheets and using the sides as bases they constructed five hexagons around each pentagon. The cardboard sheets were cut and glued to form a sphere. A similar exercise was constructed by means of the ACAD software.
The photographs below illustrate the steps necessary to complete the process.

kexagons and pentagon development
constructing the telstar development
football development
Telstar football
The finished telstar football
The telstar football is assembed and pained!