World Cup US-Slovenia Ref Controversy (the Koman Coulibaly Debacle) US Pat. 6,671,390

Koman Coulibaly with Michael Bradley World Cup Referee Controversy

Could the Koman Coulibaly referee controversy during the USA-Slovenia World Cup match have been prevented if patented technology had been used?

USA team player, Maurice Edu, scored a winning goal in the last minutes of the Group C 2010 World Cup match against Slovenia, only to have now-infamous Malian referee, Koman Coulibaly, call foul and disallow the goal. The call was unquestionably mistaken, as the replays show, and resulted in a 2-2 draw that almost cost the USA advancement into the quarter-finals. 

Koman Coulibaly with Michael Bradley World Cup Referee Controversy

USA player, Michael Bradley having words with Malian World Cup Referee, Koman Coulibaly after a bad call disallowing Maurice Edu's goal.

Could the referee controversy during the USA-Slovenia World Cup match have been prevented if the following patented technology had been used? Check it out:

US Pat. 6,671,390 (Dec 30, 2003)
Automated collection, processing and use of sports movement information via  information extraction from electromagnetic energy based upon multi-characteristic special phase processing 

USA-Slovenia soccer World Cup match needs technology

One of the largest frustrations in world soccer is the refusal to allow technology to assist with referee calls – an issue which has only grown larger in this 2010 FIFA World Cup. Bad ref calls have been embarrassingly abundant, as have demands to finally allow technology to do what it was meant to do: eliminate human error.

This patent essentially provides a system for tracking movement of a person or ball during a sporting event. The player could attach a small monitoring device to a jersey shoe or hat, which would transmit electromagnetic energy to a receiver, which could then track the movement. This would prove especially helpful in 90% of the most common bad referee calls: off-sides. With tracking chips in players’ boots, triangulation of the players and ball using computers and receptors around the field and some kind of communication device at the ref’s disposal, this could prove very useful to refs, players, fans, and the soccer federations around the world.

Technology to Prevent  World Cup Bad Referee CallsBy utilizing technology, bad calls like the one by Koman Coulibaly in the US-Slovenia World Cup match could be mostly eliminated.

June 23, 2010

Category: Sports Patents, IP Current Events

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