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Technology recently used in euro 2024:

The snickometer technology recently employed in Euro 2024, is a remarkable technological innovation enhancing both the spectator experience and the accuracy of sports officiating by assisting referees in making correct decisions.

This technology is added to a lot of technology already used in football like VAR, semi-automated offside technology, goal-line technology, Hawk-Eye technology, the GPS sensors track movement. This technology will make gameplay fairer and more equitable by removing human error from the equation specially by offering greater clarity around handball and offside decisions.

What is Snickometer ?

The Snickometer, invented by Allan Plaskett in the 1990s, is a technology used first time in cricket to assist with decision-making during matches. It visually displays sound frequencies to help determine if there was contact between the bat and the ball.

Here’s how it works: The Snickometer uses a microphone to pick up sound frequencies during the game. By employing techniques like amplification and frequency cancellation, it isolates specific sounds of interest—such as the noise made when the ball brushes against the bat—while filtering out background noises like crowd chatter or wind.

After capturing these sound frequencies, they are sent to an oscilloscope. The oscilloscope then transforms these sounds into a graphical format, allowing officials to clearly see whether there was contact between the ball and the bat.

How does snicko work in football?

In Euro 2024, each match ball is a connected ball equipped with a motion-sensing microchip. This technology, which can track every touch at a rate of 500 times per second, was effectively deployed during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA initially utilized microchip-in-ball technology during the 2018 World Cup to gather data on ball speed, height, and curl. By 2022, these chips were integrated with the VAR system to assist with semi-automated offside decisions.

This microchip technology also captures and analyzes sound, making it easier to determine true contact during gameplay. It is particularly valuable in situations where video replays alone cannot provide clear evidence. For example, it can help identify the last player to touch the ball before it went out of play, verify if a goal was scored by legitimate contact, or confirm if the ball touched a player’s hand. Additionally, it aids in offside decisions and other complex calls that are difficult to judge with video alone.

Snickometer’s direct impact at Euro 2024.

The Snickometer was used for the first time in Euro 2024, demonstrating its effectiveness in the group stage match between Belgium and Slovakia. Belgium lost the match 1-0, but they believed Romelu Lukaku had scored the equalizer in the 86th minute. However, when the VAR asked the referee to review the goal, the Snickometer revealed a spike indicating a handball by Lois Openda. As a result, the goal was disallowed.

 

If Belgium’s goal had been considered legitimate, it could have significantly impacted their position in the group standings, possibly leading to a different opponent instead of France. In today’s football industry, where every decision can have significant financial implications, the use of advanced technologies like the Snickometer is crucial. As we move into the knockout stages of Euro 2024, this technology will be invaluable in ensuring fair play and protecting the integrity of the game.

 

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