A project to develop a simplified soccer ball so children could have a chance to play and enjoy soccer, in the hope of popularizing the sport and increasing the player numbers.
▼简化的足球，simplified soccer ©Akihiro Yoshida
▼设计概念，design concept ©nendo
In impoverished communities of the world, aside from the difficulties in obtaining the regular soccer ball itself, its maintenance presents a barrier even once purchased, whether because of the unavailability of air pumps or the deterioration and damage of the tube inside the ball. As an answer to this problem, a non-inflatable soccer ball that gives the same sense of kicking as a standard ball was devised, its development inspired by the structure of the traditional Japanese woven bamboo ball. Assembling three types of components for a total of 54 parts results in a soccer ball that, instead of relying on internal air pressure, makes use of the resilience of its surface material.
▼足球由54个构件组成，可以装在很小的包装袋中，the soccer is composed of 54 components, which can be shipped in compact packages ©Akihiro Yoshida
▼构件相互搭接，形成足球，components creating the soccer through an interlocked structure ©Akihiro Yoshida
The soft, recycled polypropylene and elastomeric synthetic resin components won’t hurt bare feet, and are unlikely even if broken to develop a sharply fractured surface that might cause injuries. Should a component come off during play, the interlocking structure ensures the ball will not disassemble. It provides high maintainability and economic efficiency in that it can be restored by replacing only the broken components, achieving one ball’s long duration of use. Components may be shipped in disassembled states in compact packages, potentially cutting shipping costs.
▼组装完的足球外观，appearance of the soccer after assembly ©Akihiro Yoshida
▼足球细部，closer view to the soccer ©Akihiro Yoshida
▼柔软的材料不会伤害到赤脚，soft materials will not hurt bare feet ©Akihiro Yoshida
The availability of multiple colors for the same components also helps children to strengthen their attachment to the ball through the assembling work in their own color scheme, leading to a greater appreciation of play. The instructions for assembly are therefore designed like a picture book, depicted entirely in easily understood illustrations with no text so children across the globe can handle. A packaging sack was also designed so as to be used to carry around the ball like a knapsack later on.
▼相同构件设有不同颜色，different colors to the same component ©Akihiro Yoshida
▼简洁易懂的安装说明书帮助儿童组装足球，instruction book with easily understood illustrations helps children to assemble the soccer ©Akihiro Yoshida
▼包装也可作为背包，packaging sack also can be used as a knapsack ©Akihiro Yoshida
With potential for printing original logos or developing brand-specific color schemes, the business model anticipates the contributions of companies and organizations to various educational institutions and club teams.
▼不同配色的足球，soccers in various color schemes ©Akihiro Yoshida