As the world sat down to watch the opening match of the World Cup not only was it a chance for the players to prove themselves but also for the latest developments specifically created for the tournament.
During the first match we were able to see the debut of the vanishing spray that is used by the referee to draw a straight line of the grass to prevent defenders encroaching free kicks.
The spray has been trialled in domestic leagues in both Brazil and Argentina ahead of the Cup.
Leading up to the tournament referees have been undergoing training on how to use the spray, they have been instructed to spray a circle around the ball and pace out ten yards from its place to then draw the line in front of the defenders.
There are plans for this creation to be implemented into the Champions League next season, with hopes for an introduction into the Premier League too.
As well as this, the official World Cup football was put into action yesterday for the match. The ball that that has been designed by Addidas has been in testing for two years making it one of the most tested balls of all time.
It has been named the ‘Brazuca’ following a fan poll in the host country; this name drew in almost a million votes and is a local word that describes the Brazilian way of life.
None of the players seemed to be complaining about it last night so that too must have been a success. Throughout its testing stage it was used in teams such as Bayern Munich and AC Milan and even by world famous Lionel Messi.
Some of the elements that make it stand out from the rest include an increased weight compared to others to enabled faster flight speed, a latex bladder to provide the desired bounce and rebound and a rougher surface which is covered in nubs and seams that have been deepened to help avoid ‘knuckling’ (unreliable flight) and provide improved touch and accuracy.
Let's hope the continued success of these creations continue; shame the same can't be said for the referee's decisions last night.
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