Football Referees Immersive 3D Training
Researchers at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain (UC3M) are recording in stereoscopic 3D format various exercises outside FIFA game to use them as learning material in training courses for assistant referees.
The objective of this innovation project is to improve the learning environment of the assistant referees with multimedia materials which offer a visual experience that is the most similar to what referees on the pitch experience, and which can train visual perception in decision-making calls on off-side plays. For that purpose, researchers in the UC3M Television-Film group: memory, representation and industry (TECMERIN) are using this 3D recording technique for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to use as teaching material in its training courses for assistant referees, within the framework of referee professional training and development all over the world.
Over the course of two days, the TECMERIN research group recorded 500 simulations of off-side plays in stereoscopic 3D with different types of exercises, similar to those used in professional training courses for International FIFA referees. “Among these, those most appropriate to create interactive material to be used by assistant referees all over the world will be chosen,” UC3M professor Manuel Armenteros, coordinator of the project, explained. “The use of stereoscopic images will significantly improve the learning experience due to the fact that a 3D stereoscopic image learning environment generates a visual experience that is much more realistic than 2D,” he asserted.
Read the original press release on the UC3M web site.