How to Draw a Soccer Ball [6-Step Guide]

The game of soccer is brought to life by the soccer ball.

It represents the beauty of the sport pretty well and many people love to illustrate soccer’s memorable moments by drawing this spherical object, be it on a piece of A4 paper or on a much larger canvas.

Funnily enough, replicating the design of this iconic object is by no means an easy feat!

Which is why we’ve decided to produce a detailed guide that outlines the sequence of steps that one would need in order to draw one correctly.


What materials do you need to draw a soccer ball?

For this task, you’ll need to equip yourself with the following items:

  • A piece of paper;
  • A pencil;
  • A ruler;
  • A drawing compass;
  • A rubber (to erase any beginner mistakes); and
  • A pencil sharpener


Steps to drawing a soccer ball the right way

Now, let’s get down to business.


1. Draw a circle

The first and most obvious step is drawing a circle.

In order to get a perfectly spherical shape, you would need to take your drawing compass and make a circular outline.

So, get your paper and lay it down on a smooth surface, which could be your own office desk or dining table.

Like so:

how to draw a soccer ball - get your pencil and paper

Then proceed to use the drawing compass to make the circular shape.

Now this can be a bit confusing if you’ve never used one before, so just keep on reading to get a handle on this process.

Clip your pencil into the circular attachment that comes with the compass and rotate the pencil around the sharp point which would be the reference for the circle’s center.

It looks like this:

You can decide how large you want your circle to be by extending the distance of the pencil from the sharp point.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a drawing compass at your disposal, you can simply use a round object to draw the circle instead.

In my case, I’ve used a play bucket.

how to draw a soccer ball - use spherical object to draw circle

Here’s how the finished circle should look like:

Once you’ve got your circle ready, you can proceed to the next step.


2. Draw a hexagon in the center of the circle

Now, you need to draw a six-sided hexagon shape right in the middle of the circle that you’ve just outlined.

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It shouldn’t be too difficult.

how to draw a soccer ball - draw hexagon in center of circle

Grab your ruler and use your pencil to draw a modestly-sized hexagon in the circle’s center, as this will be the first guide to the final shape of the ball.


3. Draw additional hexagons from three alternate sides of the original

The next step involves replicating the original hexagonal shape that’s present in the center of the circle.

What this looks like is as follows:

how to draw a soccer ball - replicate hexagonal shape three times

So, what’s been done here is three additional hexagons have been added within the circle.

One to the left of the original hexagon, one to the right of the original hexagon as well as one below the original hexagon shape.


4. Fill the gaps with lines to form three pentagons

Yep, that’s right!

Hexagons aren’t the only shape that you see on a traditional looking ball.

You’re now going to draw lines in the spaces between each hexagonal shape so that you form pentagons as a result.

Like this:

how to draw a soccer ball - make pentagons by filling in the gaps

Pentagons, as you know, have a total of five sides, so they won’t look the same as a hexagon shape upon further inspection.

So, your end result should be similar to the picture you see above.


5. Attach joining lines to complete the panel shapes

This part of the process is relatively straightforward.

What you need to do here is draw small lines from each of the pentagonal and hexagonal corners so that you get the completed panel shape of the soccer ball.

Like this:

how to draw a soccer ball - add joining lines to complete the panel shape

That does look like an actual soccer ball now, doesn’t it?


6. Color in the panels

Finally, you’ll want to give the soccer ball a bit of personality by including some color.

Coloring in your soccer ball really lets you express your own style and creativity, as using different shades allow you to impart your own unique style on the final design.

You can do this any way you like, but for the instructional purposes of this guide, we’re simply going to use the pencil we have to apply black shade to some hexagonal spots.

how to draw a soccer ball - color in the panels

So, there you have it!

If you decide to take things a step further, you can add some drop shadows to give the ball more of a three-dimensional look.

Or even better, you could decide to incorporate some flecks of brown onto the white colored panels of the ball to give it a more realistic look, as these objects do tend to get muddy and murky from time to time.



By following the aforementioned steps, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a really good soccer ball drawer.

The process certainly isn’t as easy to accomplish as the final process looks, so take your time with it.

Before you go, we’ll leave you with a short video which presents a different method for drawing a soccer ball.

Take a look here:

Those visuals should provide you with an alternative should the method we’ve outlined in the article pose any challenges, however unlikely that may be.

Samuel Waihenya
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