June 11, 2010

World Cup Soccer Ball – the Physics of the Jabulani

Posted in news, physics, Podcasts, Research, science tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by cascius

The 2010 World Cup is about to commence and there has been a lot of speculation on the accuracy of the new soccer ball. The University of Adelaide’s Professor Derek Leinweber decided to take a closer look this new ball (Jabulani) to investigate further.

If you missed Professor Derek Leinweber’s lecture on the physics behind the new ball, listen to the podcast.



  1. Tommy said,

    Thank you for posting this lecture up. I am going to begin a course of physics this september, but at the moment I have a very limited understanding of the subject, so following this lecture is only really possible for me because the subject matter you have chosen is of intense interest to me.
    It is apparent that the lecture used visual aids to illustrate the principles at work, and I think these could really help my comprehension. I was wondering whether there was anyway these materials could be made available?
    Unlikely I know, but it seemed worth asking! Thank you again for putting this lecture up, it is already a big help to me.

    • cascius said,

      We weren’t able to publish the slides due to copyright issues however will try and get you some links that you might find useful.

  2. mr noble said,

    a nightmare for 2 goal keepers. the ball is weird man

  3. Losing is like vanilla ice cream. But winning is like your favorite ice cream with a topping. Even if you loose you still get to play the game… but winning is much better!

  4. Seb Willacy said,

    Thanks for this. Any progress on the visual side??? thanks
    Seb. W

    • cascius said,

      Hi Seb

      Apologies – still working on this.

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