France green lights vanishing spray

July 25, 2014 - 12:52:58 am
Australian referee Benjamin Jon Williams uses a spray can to mark the field for a free kick during a World Cup.

PARIS: The French Football Federation (FFF) have agreed to adopt the use of spray, to fix distances for free-kicks and their walls, at top level matches around the country this season, president Noel Le Graet announced yesterday.

The highly popular practice, which sees officials spray the pitch with a white substance to keep walls at correct distance and also reduce the approachment of the ball placing, was a revelation at the recent World Cup in Brazil where the idea was first used at the very highest level.

“We have adopted (the use of) spray, for Ligue 1, Ligue 2, the National championship and women’s first division. This decision will be applied for the start of the season,” read Le Graet’s statement.

The innovation, that keeps walls at the madatory 9.15m (10 yards), will also be used at French Cup matches from the round of 32 for men and from the round of 16 for women. The white mousse disappears after approximately a minute.