Major League Soccer offered football fans a potential glimpse into the future with ‘ref cam’ footage from the all-star game against Roma.
Hilario Grajeda wore the headgear for the game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, with Broadcast Sports Inc supplying the equipment and ESPN2 using it as part of their broadcast.
European rugby union matches used a similar concept in the later stages of their competitions last season, but this was the first instance that such footage has been created in a game of football.
The results are extremely interesting, with an incredible first-hand look at player fall-outs on the pitch, yellow card distribution and goals.
It also shows how the man in the middle has to work extremely hard to try and stay on top of every situation – from small fouls to explaining key decision.
The likes of Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic can all be seen like never before in the video below, and this is sure to be an innovation which we will see more and more of in the future.
Check out the brilliant video below, and let us know what you think about this new technology…