Revolution? Japanese Companies Present Modular Football That Doesn't Need Inflating

Japanese design firm Nendo has created what is a world first - a modular soccer ball comprised of 54 interlocking pieces that does not need any inflating.


The new soccer ball is part of a so-called "My Football Kit", created for Japanese sports and automotive manufacturer Molten. The aim was to develop a simplified soccer ball so children could have a chance to play and enjoy soccer everywhere in the world.



Nendo My Football Kit: DIY Soccer Ball Of 54 Interlocking Components



The modular soccer ball consists of three types of components for a total of 54 parts - the ball does not rely on internal air pressure but makes use of the resilience of its surface material. The ball is inspired by the structure of the traditional Japanese woven bamboo ball.

The ball is made of soft, recycled polypropylene and elastomeric synthetic resin components

The ball is made of soft, recycled polypropylene and elastomeric synthetic resin components that "won’t hurt bare feet, and are unlikely even if broken to develop a sharply fractured surface that might cause injuries".


the ball can be restored by replacing only the broken componentsShould a component come off during play, the ball can be restored by replacing only the broken components, achieving one ball’s long duration of use.

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.



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.


The "My Football Kit" soccer ball is not available to buy yet. As of Nendo, "components may be shipped in disassembled states in compact packages, potentially cutting shipping costs". A packaging sack was also designed.

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