Social media trends and innovations in football

The International Football Arena (IFA) Berlin took place last week. First started in 1999, it is an event where top people from the business world of football get together and share ideas and insights from their individual fields of specialisation. Benjamin Stoll was there and has written a detailed account of all that was spoken about at IFA Berlin (not to be confused with the consumer electronics event).

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The primary focus of IFA Berlin was the emergence of Digital Media and its importance to the world of football. As the title suggests, social media was an important subject of discussion during this event. Below we give you a quick look at a few topics covered.  Continue reading

What people are saying about the Indian Super League

The Indian Super League has started with much glitz, glamour and fanfare. Packed stadiums in Kolkata and Guwahati, high television and online viewership, and the general buzz around this tournament is making it appear like football’s answer to the IPL as far as India is concerned.

But, what is the word on the street for the ISL? Below are questions asked and answered by Quora users.

Q. What was your first impression about Indian Super League?

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All the people behind the Hero ISL

What is the ISL?

 

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The Hero Indian Super League is a professional football league in India. The first ever ISL is set to start on the 12th of October 2014. ISL aims to foster local talent and feature international stars, making the game one of the country’s flagship sports and India, a name to reckon within the global arena. ISL features eight franchises from Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

Three great Android apps to follow Football News & Transfer Rumours


Everyone needs a go-to football app on their android phone. One that gives them live scores, news and transfer information with live scores being the most sought after of the three.

My go-to live score app is SofaScore

It gives me live scores without the news & it does it the scores brilliantly. It doesn’t just provide me with push notifications for every goal (which is common), it also provides me with a video link to watch the goal that I missed.
That little bonus of watching a video soon after the goal is scored is what makes me come back to SofaScore every time.

But when there is no live match being played, you need to know who your club will sign in the transfer window.

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A comparison of 4 goal-line technologies in football

There has been a lot of technological advancements in the world of sports, be it in the method used to make a football, to how a player’s stats are measured & studied, to how a referee can now tell if a ball has completely crossed a line thanks to something buzzing on his wrist.

Here is a quick look at four goal-line technologies, all trying to help the referee call a goal, with completely different methods to arrive at the same conclusion.


GoalControl-4D

GoalControl-4D was successfully tested at the Confederations Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013. After which the German company gained approval and certification ahead of Hawk-Eye to be used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

It uses 14 high-speed cameras mounted on the stadium roof or catwalk (7 per goal mouth) to capture the positioning of the ball in the air and on the pitch. When the ball passes the goal line, the referees receive a notification on their watches.

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