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How World Cup tech advances promote fair play and enhance viewer experience - 7 months ago, 10 July 09:57

By: John Walubengo

As the football fiesta winds down in Russia this week, one could not fail to notice the huge technological advancements that have gone into the game at different levels.

The most visible one is of course the contentious Video Assisted Referee (VAR) technology, which allows the main referee to consult video footage and reverse critical decisions during the match.

Whereas many traditional football fanatics find the technology inconveniencing in terms of slowing down the game, one must appreciate the positive impact it already has in reducing the number and nature of underhand tactics previously employed to win games.

The fact that players know that their actions can and may be reviewed later on ensures that their conduct is more aligned towards fair play – which is a good thing for the sport.

COMMENTATORS AND DATABASES

The other area benefiting from football technology is the commentator’s desk.

The amount of historical data the commentator has on ...
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