The last time the world invented a football that could help you improve your skills, it was that fad in the early 90s for attaching one round your waist with a piece of elastic.
Today, we have the inevitable ‘smart ball’, a new leather sphere from Adidas with Bluetooth sensor technology.
What that means is that it can measure your deadball prowess by recording the speed, trajectory, spin and power you manage to put on your freekicks, shots and penalities.
You can check the stats on your phone, and then benefit from inbuilt training advice and challenges.
At £249.95, it’s more expensive than the ball-on-a-cord ever was, but carries a far lower danger that any bully will smack it as hard as they can to try and make you fall over. They’re more likely to just nick it, instead.
The Adidas miCoach Smart Ball is available from adidas.com