Aside from the spectacular goals by James Rodriguez, Lionel Messi and Robin Van Persie, the real star of the World Cup has been Gillette Foamy.
Well, not the real Gillette Foamy because that’s copyrighted.
I’m talking about the white spray used by the referee to prevent encroachment by defenders making up a wall during free kicks. The ref also draws a semicircle where the player has to take his free kick.
It saves a lot of time during those situations. Remember the days when the players kept cheating forward prior to free kicks and the ref had to keep pushing them back?
As it turns out, it’s a foam but not shaving cream. It was first used at the 2011 Copa America tournament and has also been used in Major League Soccer and at various FIFA events. The name of the product is 9:15 Fairplay, which is the 10-yard distance between the ball and the defender wall in meters.
By the way the foam, or “magic spray” as one commentator tabbed it, disappears in about two minutes.
Sometimes it takes longer because the ref, who carries the lightweight foam dispenser in holster attached to his shorts, will double up on the first line drawn.
According to LiveScience.com the stuff is, “a mixture of butane, isobutane and propane gas; a foaming agent; water; and other chemicals.
“When it leaves the can, the gas depressurizes and expands, creating small, water-covered droplets on the field. The butane mixture later evaporates, leaving only water and surfactant residue behind.”
So there you have it. A simple, but brilliant idea.
Don’t know if you can shave with it though.
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