2010 World Cup: Ball design for World Cup draws criticism from position players, goalkeepers - ESPN Soccernet Seems like this comes up every single major event, whether it's the World Cup or Euro or whatever. This time it's getting more heat than usual though, not just from goalies. I kind of side with the players on this. I don't see why they always need to introduce some crazy new ball for the world's biggest event. Obviously it's a marketing thing for Adidas, but it's kind of ridiculous. There should just be a standard ball.