Referees that will be officiating matches at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil were put through their paces at a training workshop in Zurich this week.
For the first time at a World Cup a vanishing spray will be at the disposal of the match official in order to mark the position of a free kick.
German Felix Brych believes the foam – that disappears shortly after being sprayed on the pitch – will be beneficial for both the referee and the player.
Brych said: “Yes, it is confirmed that vanishing spray, free kick spray (will be used at the World Cup.) With it, it’s possible to draw the exact distance which is of help to us, especially with free kicks around the penalty area. It ensures that the free kick player gets the advantage he deserves.”
2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb from England underlined one of the main priorities for officials set out by FIFA – which is to protect players from heavy and violent tackles.
Webb said: “I think really just protecting the players from foul play, from brutal play or violent play, protecting the school of skillful players and also protecting the image of the game as well. The World Cup is the foremost tournament in world football of course and it’s one that so many people around the world will see.”