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2010-06-08 09:40:00

Physics plays a role in on-ground action Physics experts at the University of Adelaide believe the new ball created for the 2010 World Cup, called the Jabulani, will play "harder and faster", bending more unpredictably than its predecessor. But why? And what will it mean for the game? "The Jabulani is textured with small ridges and 'aero grooves' and represents a radical departure from the ultra-smooth Teamgeist ball, which was used in the last World Cup," says Professor Derek Leinweber, Head...

2009-12-06 07:55:00

A new study done by Adidas shows that altitude at the World Cup will have an impact of up to 5 percent on a ball's speed. According to the study, that means that a free kick from 20 meters during the final at the Soccer City stadium in high-altitude Johannesburg will reach the goal line 5 percent faster than it would at the Moses Mabhida stadium in sea-level Durban. That translates into a free kick traveling at an average of 78 mph at high altitude and 74 mph at sea level. But playing at...

2005-12-05 10:26:54

By Kevin Fylan LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) - FIFA has ruled out using "smartball" technology at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, saying the system needs more testing to prove its reliability. "We consider the technology is not yet ready," FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi said on Monday. The ball, developed by Adidas with Germany's Cairos AG and the German Fraunhofer Institute, is designed to rule out mistakes on goal-line decisions and was tested at the World Under-17 Championship in...

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