Tech on the biggest stage

This year sees the first time Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is being used in the Premier League as the sport’s governing bodies look to overturn inconsistent refereeing decisions

After first being deployed in the 2018 Russia Cup it is also being used in Germany’s and Italy’s top footballing divisions as it becomes a key component of the modern game. 

Not without its controversy, VAR is has still yet to win over fans and pundits of the game but with its increased development and regular use is another example of how technology has impacted on many sports in the modern day.

Tennis
Hawk-eye has been used since 2002, with the technology now used in over 80 tournaments worldwide every year. By using the most sophisticated millimetre accurate ball tracking camera it is able to accurately take the doubt out of close line calls and identify whether a ball has bounced in our out. The camera is able to capture 600 frames a second on the goal-line, with the information analysed by computer and sent to the referee's headset or a device on his wrist who will make the final call. 

Rugby Union
Hawkeye’s SMART Replay technology was introduced by rugby officials at the 2015 Rugby World Cup to help enable officials to make quick and accurate decisions which they may have missed otherwise. It also enables officials to pass on videos to doctors to help with treatment of injuries and help improve player safety. 

Motorsport
The HANS device (Head and Neck Support device) has helped improve the safety of motorsport dramatically by keeping the driver’s head from whipping forwards and backward in a crash, while preventing excessive twisting movements. The U-shaped device was first released in 1990 and has gone on to save countless lives.

Stadium tech
Sports technology is not just limited to the field but also the many stadiums they are played in. Online ticketing is just one way fans are benefiting from the use of technology to help them easily enjoy the sport they love the most. Inside stadiums, technology is also taking hold. Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,000 seater stadium features cashless payment system for fans to help cut down on lengthy queues while the stadium also features a field that moves away to reveal an artificial surface for hosting concerts and American football.