How the World Cup Ball is made
This video demonstrates the production process of the Jabulani ball that will make its debut at the World Cup this year.
I'm somewhat of a skeptic when it comes to the advantages of a new ball. What's wrong with having a man made ball with slight differences? So much depends on the moment anyways in the sport that to bring technology into different areas of the sport seems like tiny steps into that ever looming 5th referee and instant replays that will take the human factor out of the sport. That said, it's fun to play with a new toy...
A friend of mine bought the ball and brought it to our pick-up game. The ball was more professional than the players and it was making us look worse than we already are. So we opted for our older champions league ball, which felt natural and was good to us.