A day with Nicolaas Westerhof getting ready for MNF

When Jamie Carragher becomes Mo Salah

During last Monday Night Football #MNF Jamie Carragher was able to be Mo Salah for a minute and see what it is from the player perspective. In fact, during the clash between Liverpool and Southampton (3-1), Mo Salah scored a 80th minute goal.

Thanks to our VR technlogy, the presenter had the opportunity to become the famous soccer player, Mo Salah and go through one of the best goal of the season for Liverpool.

Live VR analysis

On Monday Nicolaas Westerhof, Co-Founder and CTO of Beyond Sports, was getting ready for the MNF in the aim to provide a complete VR live analysis regarding the game that happened on Friday. Our facilities helps to have a player point and view and then recreate the best goals. Nicolas was on the spot to make sure that the VR analysis worked well last Friday, and that the rights movements of the game could be analysed in the best way.

See the final result on Instagram and on Twitter for a longer analysis.

Virtual reality gives more perspectives to soccer viewers

This week's VAR moment happened at the match ADO Den Haag - FC Utrecht.

At the time the score is 1-0, FC Utrecht is on the attack. On the right side of the field, FC Utrecht striker Gyrano Kerk has the ball at his foot. He waits until right back Sean Klaiber shows up.

The moment Klaiber steams up, Kerk gives him the ball. The right back extends to the end line and passes to Sander van de Streek, who scores the goal. At that time assistant referee Balder already flags for offside of Klaiber.

Referee Allard Lindhout listens to his assistant and rejects the goal. At that time, VAR Edwin van de Graaf reviews the situation again. He concludes that he cannot say anything about the situation based upon solely the images. The decision remains unchanged.

Virtual reality

Beyond Sports teams up with FOX Sports to develop a Virtual Reality application to present new perspectives in situations at soccer matches. In this situation, a VR fragment has been created to give the TV viewer insight into the position and decision of assistant referee Balder.

So far, these VR images cannot be consulted by the referee, assistant referee or VAR during matches. The VR images therefore have no influence on the decision of the referees.

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