Football Of A New Generation: Technologies Of Euro

Football Of A New Generation: Technologies Of Euro
Football Of A New Generation: Technologies Of Euro

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Smart watches and Goal-Line technology

In 2012, at the European Football Championship, the Ukrainians scored a goal against the British - but it was not counted: the side referee simply did not notice that the ball crossed the goal line before the British defender carried it into the field. This ball cost the Ukrainian team dear.

Such cases are quite common in world football, and in order to negate them, UEFA decided to use Goal-Line technology at this Euro. Several cameras are installed around the gate, capable of capturing high frame rates. If the ball crosses the goal line, the cameras record this and send a signal to the clock to the head referee of the match. Those vibrate, signaling that one of the teams has scored. Simple and elegant.

This technology has long been used, for example, in tennis to determine outs, now it has come to football.

Photo: getty | Mike hewitt
Photo: getty | Mike hewitt

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Disappearing gel

The vanishing gel is not a debutant of this Euro, but it has proven itself well, and it was used in almost every match of the group stage of the tournament.

The judge has a special balloon on his belt. After assigning a free kick, the referee applies a white gel to the grass, marking the point from which the standard is to be taken. Then he counts the distance at which the wall should be located, and draws a line that defenders are not allowed to cross either before or after the whistle. This, firstly, prevents the attacking team from moving the ball closer to the goal until the referee can see, and secondly, it does not allow the defensive team to get close to the ball before the rules require it.

The vanishing gel is composed of water (80%), butane gas, a special surfactant and some other chemical components. When the referee sprays the gel from the cylinder, the gas forms a visible foam with the water. After a short time, the butane evaporates and only a small amount of water remains on the field.

Photo: Getty | Dan Mullan
Photo: Getty | Dan Mullan

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"Anti-drone" system

Launching a drone over a football field so that it can film everything that happens during the match from a height or, even worse, distract the players - a temptation for an unscrupulous fan. To prevent quadcopters from interfering with the matches, UEFA has created zones free from them around the stadiums and places where national teams train. A special system also allows organizers to remotely connect to spotted drones and take over control over them.

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Photo: OZO Press Service

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Virtual reality matches

At this Euro, UEFA is testing another interesting technology: some matches (for example, all matches of the England national football team) are filmed with special 360-degree cameras capable of creating video for virtual reality devices.

Such a device is called OZO and it was developed by Nokia. Scattered around its round body are eight cameras and eight microphones capable of capturing video and recording sound from all possible angles. One such OZO costs $ 61 thousand. The recordings of the matches will most likely appear on YouTube in the near future.

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Photo: STATSports Press Service

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Wearable technology on footballers

Fitness trackers have long entered the life and careers of athletes, and national soccer teams are no exception. Teams in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England, for example, used the STATSports system. A small device worn by football players is equipped with a GPS module and sensors that can record movements and heart rate. It allows coaches and doctors to track the distance that the player has run, his average heart rate, the amount of acceleration, and so on, and determine what physical condition the player is in. All information is transmitted to specialists in real time.>

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