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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Wired soccer balls for World Cup?

Cnet reports:
High-tech ID chips are turning up just about everywhere these days, including professional soccer fields. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), which organizes the World Cup, plans to attach ID chips to the soccer balls it uses at an under-17 world championship in Peru this fall, according to
an AP report. FIFA wants to use the microchips to confirm whether a ball has crossed the goal line when the goal is in dispute. If the technology works in the Peru games, the organization says it may use it in the World Cup competition next year. But FIFA president Sepp Blatter appears to have mixed feeling about the high-tech balls. "The technology will take away the fun of discussing whether the ball went in or not. They will be missing out on something."Too bad. The soccer hooligans will just have to find something else to brawl about.

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