What Geometric Shape Is a Football?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 4, 2020 1:37:05 AM ET
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An American football is shaped like a prolate spheroid, a continuously curved three-dimensional object that is longer than it is around. Footballs used for the game of soccer are truncated icosahedrons, three-dimensional objects with 32 sides.

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