my football kit

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  • 2021.01
for Molten

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

Collaborator : nrs, mto
Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida