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Qatar Football Association to begin using vanishing spray in matches

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Vanishing spray being tested at FIFA World Cup training session

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has said it will begin to use vanishing spray – a referee’s tool to ensure fair play during matches – this week, as the Qatar Stars League  kicks off on Thursday.

QFA said it will be the first among Arab and Asian leagues to embrace the tool, and will be using it in its Qatar Stars League, Emir Cup, Qatar Cup and Qatargas League.

Vanishing spray has been used in other countries for years, but made its first major international debut at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, when referees used it to mark the placement of footballs and defensive players during free kicks.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Circling the ball with white foam, which looks like shaving cream but vanishes into the grass in under a minute, ensures that the attacking team doesn’t move it away from where the penalty kick was awarded.

After pacing 10 yards in the direction of the attack, referees must also draw a line across the field to indicate where players making up the defensive wall are to stand. The line ensures that players don’t encroach the mandated 10 yards.

Overall, the use of the spray is said to prevent unnecessary delays through easily monitoring the action of players, ensuring that they are following the rules of the game.

The idea

915 Fairplay Limit, the official spray of the 2014 World Cup
915 Fairplay Limit, the official spray of the 2014 World Cup

This version of the spray was invented by Brazilian Heine Allemagne in 2000, and was inspired from the idea of using a temporary shaving-foam, as football rules and regulations disallow additional permanent markings on the pitch.

Allemagne worked with a cosmetics lab to figure out a formula for the spray. Considering the conditions it would be used in, Allemagne had to ensure that the spray wouldn’t harm a player’s skin or the grass.

Although the spray consists of some unique characteristics, the key ingredient is something simple: vegetable oil. The oil is said to be the catalyst in the spray disappearing as quickly as it does.

In order to use the spray, leagues must acquire authorization as well as referee training.

QFA referees have just returned from training abroad, learning how to use the spray and how to monitor its use throughout games, a spokesperson told Doha News.

Worldwide recognition

Although the tool has been used by smaller leagues in previous years, the spray’s success during the 2014 World Cup has apparently spurred global appreciation. A number of leagues are now jumping onboard and plan to use the tool in upcoming games.

Several top leagues are expected to begin using the spray this season, including the UEFA Super Cup, Champions league and Europa League, the Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, Ligue 1 in France, Bundesliga in Germany and A-League in Australia. The spray will also be used during the European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, which starts in September.

Speaking to Doha News, Neji Jouini, executive director of referees committee at QFA, said that unlike a number of leagues, QFA applied for authorization before the World Cup kicked off:

“We would like to stress that QFA Referees Committee requested the provision of the vanishing spray in April 2014, before the commencement of the World Cup. QFA took the necessary procedures to supply this technology within the frame of the continuous support towards Qatari refereeing.

We in the Referees Committee are completely satisfied with implementing this useful technology in our matches.”

According to QFA, the association uses a number of up-to-date refereeing technologies, including wireless devices, additional assistant referees, an upscale system used to monitor the physical fitness of referees and installed video cameras on the pitch for immediate performance analysis during training sessions.

QFA is also kicking the season off with a new ticketing scheme. From now on, fans have the option of buying a season ticket for QR200, saving fans a total of QR60 (or three matches). The ticket is only available for the Qatar Stars League, however.

QFA has also said that season card holders will be eligible for rewards from loyalty partners Qatar Airways, InterContinental Hotels Group and Fitness First Qatar.

Tickets can be bought online or from stadium VIP entrances on match day.

Thoughts?

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Chilidog
Chilidog
7 years ago

Referees had to go abroad to be “trained” on spraying a line of foam with an aerosol can? Did their families enjoy the vacation as well? The can itself says, “Shake gently, invert, and press the valve.” Sounds like that instruction, plus how to step off ten paces, could’ve been covered with a conference call, if that much training is even required.

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7 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Possibly the most ridiculous comment I have ever read on DN news. You have obviously completely underestimated the level dexterity required to hold a can and spray it on the floor, not just anyone can do that you know, it takes a highly trained professional with specialized skills. Just imagine for a second the potential carnage that could ensue if referees were allowed to run around with a can of disappearing foam without the correct training….. 🙂

Chilidog
Chilidog
7 years ago

I stand corrected… Thank you hahaha. I just had a mental image of a ref spraying himself in the face out of the back of the can.

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7 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Like this…..

http://thebiglead.com/2014/08/16/referee-sprayed-vanishing-spray-in-the-face-of-arsenals-santi-cazorla/

I guess that training will come in handy after all!

Shabina921
Shabina921
7 years ago

I had my doubts about the training too, until I read that story about the referee spraying himself in the face in Sports Illustrated 🙂

Huzz
Huzz
7 years ago
Reply to  Shabina921

Splitting hairs here but the spray is not used for penalty kicks but rather “free” kicks. The penalty mark is a permanent mark on the pitch.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Maybe the traffic police could do some training in…See car and driver nearly killing someone…intercept and arrest or fine????

Rodd
Rodd
7 years ago

Meanwhile in other breaking news, domestic workers are using vanishing spray to abscond from their sponsors

Qatari on Doha News
Qatari on Doha News
7 years ago

Referees did not travel abroad specifically to train on using vanishing spray, as your article implied. Qatari referees go through an annual training camp abroad in preparation for the new football season. One part of the activities of this year’s camp was introducing the vanishing spray to the referees.

Please stop misreporting news for mere sensationalizing and inducing more Qatari hate, as you always do.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

Good to hear the clarification. Maybe the QFA should have made this clear themselves.

Qatari on Doha News
Qatari on Doha News
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

It’s actually pretty clear in the official Arabic press release. In here, not so much.

Chilidog
Chilidog
7 years ago

Please don’t take it so personally. I don’t think anyone on this message board intended the poking fun of refs to be Qatari hate. Turns out to be more at the expense of the EPL ref anyway. Sounds like you’re defending the refs in the QFA, but are the QFA refs actually Qatari?

Qatari on Doha News
Qatari on Doha News
7 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Who cares if the refs are Qatari or not.

I’m not taking anything personally. I’m only responding to the ever Qatari hate inducing style of “reporting” that Doha News insists on. This is not the first time Doha News has misreported and sensationalized a story (that otherwise is totally normal) to make it sound negative towards Qatar and/or Qatari’s. Here’s to the false hope it will be the last.

Chilidog
Chilidog
7 years ago

I guess an easy solution would be to not read DN if you don’t like their reporting style. There are news sources that I personally don’t prefer, as I believe they are unfairly biased in a general direction (one example for me is Fox News). Therefore, I don’t bother to check their website, watch their channel, or pay attention to their reporting.

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