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What are the numbers of hexagons and pentagons on an official soccer ball?

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An official soccer ball typically consists of 20 white hexagons and 12 black pentagons tightly stitched together for a puzzle-like fit. Manufacturers began using patches of leather hexagons and pentagons to construct soccer balls when upon realization that they created the most spherical shape.

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Charles Goodyear inspired the modern soccer ball manufactured them using vulcanized patent leather, but modern manufacturers discovered that the hexagon patches were ideal.

While this modern-day "buckyball" design is used by most professional soccer leagues around the world as of 2014, Adidas introduced 14- and eight-panel balls for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup Finals. The balls, however, were the cite of criticism by players due to their unpredictable movements in the air.

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