2 teams, 1 ball, and 78 cameras

One of my friends is a true soccer fan and he has probably watched every single game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. I only watch the occasional game, like yesterday when the Dutch team played Cameroon (2-1). And I have to admit I sometimes get distracted from the game itself and start studying the way it is filmed. Its truly amazing that we can now watch it from so many viewing angles, with slow-motion replays of crucial events.

My friend must have seen thousands of games and his mind is now expertly tuned to the subtleties of the game. So, he can easily identify the mistakes of the arbiters. From the comfort of his living room he is actually better equipped to judge the fouls and offenses than the arbiters in the field. Why is this true? Because his visual information is superior to that of the arbiter.

The International Football Association FIFA refuses to allow arbiters to take advantage of the information from the 50+ television cameras during the game. FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter even claims “It is often the case that, even after a slow-motion replay, ten different experts will have ten different opinions on what the decision should have been.” This sounds like utter nonsense to me. I advice the FIFA to hire my friend for important games and give him a direct phone connection to the arbiter.

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