Physical Theoreticals

How a Wearable Camera Can Benefit Soccer Players

The advancements of technology in sports have played a crucial role in the progressive changes from an athlete performance standpoint. For example, there are many sports, like soccer that have seen many technological advances and devices introduced. In soccer, Video Assistance Review (VAR) is one of the more recent means of technology that is aimed at assisting officials, such as referees, to make the most correct decisions, according to the rules, on and during the field of play (Carlos, Ezequiel, Anton, 2019). This specific form of technology could possibly have changed the referee’s decision for Diego Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup when he scored a clear goal with his hand and the referee failed to call a handball, against him (Britto et al., 2014). The result of that match resulted in an Argentina team win. Argentina went on to eventually win the FIFA World Cup that year. Thus, it is better late than never that this form of technology was implemented so that further incidents where referee human errors can be avoided. Goal-line technology is another example of a revolutionary mean of technology that has positively integrated in the sport of soccer. England’s fate at the 2010 FIFA World Cup could have changed when England midfielder Frank Lampard’s strike from outside the penalty box crossed over the goal line against Germany in the Round of 16 of the tournament. The referee failed to rule in favor of the goal for England, and were eventually eliminated that game, losing to Germany. Since goal-line technology had been introduced to the sport of soccer in 2012, referees across different professional soccer leagues have instant alerts on whether the ball has entered the net (Brockhoff, Huff, Maurer, Papenmeier, 2016). Thus the following paper explores the idea of how technology, and in this paper wearable cameras can improve the performance of professional soccer players by providing them with the first person perspective of what they are faced with on the field.
About the Author
Gianluca Gardiman

Gianluca is an avid sports fan with a desire of gaining work experience in the sports industry. Being someone that possesses strong communication skills and enjoys working both in individual and team settings, Gianluca is a hard working and dedicated person that ensures that tasks are completed at the highest degree. Gianluca’s background in sport media allows him to be knowledgeable in other areas such as business, marketing and communication work. Being fluent in English and Italian, he also has knowledge of Spanish and French and enjoys learning other languages.

About the Project

Technology has served as a positive tool to help revolutionize the sport of soccer. Goal-line technology, VAR (Video Assistance Review) are some of the major forms of technological devices that are used to ensure fair play in the sport. Enhancing the sport by providing more forms of technology is a way to help improve the performance of professional soccer players. The idea of using a wearable camera can assist players and coaches when reviewing match footage as it would provide the first-person perspective of what a player see’s on the pitch. While analyzing match footage in this research project, the idea is to indicate that having another camera angle that provides footage of a player’s point of view can assist in analyzing player performance even further along with the standard broadcasting angle of what viewers see on television. 

Prior to this COVID-19 outbreak I had the idea of developing a camera that soccer players would be able to wear on the field when they play. Once professional sports leagues across the world shut down due to the pandemic I focused on a theoretical based research project on why wearable cameras could benefit soccer players. I decided to analyze professional soccer match footage and attempted to understand why an attacking player made a certain decision on the pitch. By analyzing these attacking scenarios I wanted to compare why watching a play from a televised broadcasting angle is different from how the players see it on the pitch. Overall, I felt I have enjoyed this new theoretically based research project as I’ve been able to watch a sport of which I am passionate about, while analyzing soccer plays and studying the minor details that one may not recognize at first glance.