World Cup Audience in USA Is Growing

Americans are increasingly developing a taste for the “beautiful game,” at least when their own team is playing.

Monday night’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana drew 15.9 million viewers total between the two channels carrying the game, ESPN and Univision, according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings. The figure set World Cup viewership records for both networks.

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Brazil World Cup 2014 Facing Security Concerns

Brazil World Cup 2014

Brazil World Cup 2014

Brazil World Cup 2014 security and crowd control concerns continue as a principal concern of the Brazilian hosts. Terrorism is also a worry.

Brazilian police have been often criticized for brutality against slum dwellers, but nothing they normally face will prepare them for expected demonstrations and huge crowds.  Police are training to deal with both protests and possible riots.

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Costa Rica Protest 1-0 Loss to US in Denver Snowstorm

ESPN Reports on USA-Costa Rica Snowstorm Soccer

ESPN Reports on USA-Costa Rica Snowstorm Soccer

Costa Rica has filed a formal protest with FIFA over Friday’s 1-0 loss in a Denver snowstorm.  Costa Rica is asking for a rematch and sanctions against the referee.
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FIFA Will Use Goal Line Technology at WC 2014 Brazil

FIFA to Use Goal Line Technology

FIFA to Use Goal Line Technology

FIFA has announced that it will use goal line technology at the 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil.

FIFA has already licensed two goal line technology systems, Hawkeye and Goalref, and is open to receiving solicitations from other vendors.

In the most recent report, the German firm Cairos appears to be the leading candidate system.

Sources cite embarrasing assistant referee mistakes such as the Frank Lampard goal scored but not awarded against Germany in the 2010 World Cup England v Germany match.

Don’t look for this in youth matches or college play, the technology is too expensive for all-purpose use.
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