Undersoil heating, instant replays and referee microphones all featured in the top 10 of a recent survey which took on board the views of over 2,000 football fans in the UK. However, it is goal-line technology that was voted as the best football innovation of the last 30 years, with this innovation quickly providing officials with a decision regarding whether the ball has completely crossed the line or not. Meanwhile, instant replays came in as the second most popular innovation, with this technology having revolutionised the way in which football is viewed today.
Elsewhere, innovations surrounding communication between officials and undersoil heating came third and fourth respectively, ahead of technology including VAR, vanishing spray and modern footballs themselves. There are still major questions marks surrounding the use of VAR, with the time taken in order to make decisions and different interpretations of the laws causing confusion.
Interestingly, 47% of fans involved in the survey believed that the match-day setup could still be updated yet further, which could improve the way in which the game is both watched and talked about. The study also concluded that around three-quarters of the fans involved thought that innovations such as those discussed have improved the game overall. As well as this, over half of the participants said that technological advancements have given them more confidence that a fair result is ultimately recorded.
Finally, a third of the fans surveyed also stated that they enjoy watching matches live, however they all like to watch replays and match analysis in order to gain a better understanding of how such events occurred.
With technology having become so important for players, referees and fans, it raises the question as to how innovations can potentially help coaches. Spond is certainly a platform that makes life easier for coaches in a range of sports, with research finding that coaches save around 2 hours each week by using it, rather than other apps and services.
Whilst the majority of parents and guardians are able to control their emotions when on the sidelines, there are still those who step over the mark when it comes to supporting their children. So, just what effect can such behaviour have on youngsters and what can be done to tackle it?
With England having excelled at youth level over recent years, a new bread of player has emerged to, with a large amount of work being carried out in an attempt to revolutionise the way in which the game is played in this country. However, just what does a future England international look like in terms of their skill set and personality?
Whether it be football, rugby or basketball, an increasing number of children in the UK are participating in team sports, which is well-known to have a range of benefits. Meanwhile, recent research suggests that involvement in such sports can even have a positive impact upon brain health.