For decades football fans have believed they have a sixth sense when watching a live game – and now they have been proved right.
A recent survey conducted during a Capital One match using the latest eye tracking technology was tested on football fans and revealed they are four more times more likely to spot a scoring chance than the average punter.
The eye technology used for this survey is the same that is used to tell which areas of an advert the consumer focuses on and is also used to monitor drivers’ concentration when driving.
Bunnyfoot, the architect behind the eye technology, conducted the survey of 200 people mixing ‘avid fans’ with ‘non-fans’ – avid fans being those who supported a club or regularly watch/attend football matches.
The results will not come as a surprise to the football fans that have been confident in their own ability, but will be ecstatic that they have been proved right.The Chief Marketing Officer for Capital One, Michael Woodburn, has gone one step further, putting football fans on par with the professional pundits.
“It is not just the Hansen’s, Neville’s and Shearer’s who have a sixth sense in reading the game of football,” said Woodburn, “avid armchair fans also have a proven ability to anticipate the action. This study provides us with scientific evidence to show that football fans are a pass, header and shot ahead of the game. Seasoned spectators are clearly able to get inside the players’ minds and anticipate their next move.”
The survey indicated that fans actually did anticipate a player’s next move, especially when it came down to free-kicks.
Research showed that before a player had even made contact with the ball, the ‘avid fans’ correctly looked ahead to where the ball would end up 33% of the time, making them three times more accurate than the occasional fans.
English football fans are what make this country great as they, better than any other country, can create a song during the actual match they are attending. They can also influence the outcome of a match by either getting behind a side or intimidating them, but best of all they live and breathe football.
That dedication to just being a loyal fan to football in this country has led to them developing this sixth sense that has enabled to be more engaged in a football match without even knowing it.
The study’s most remarkable revelation was the fact that the ‘avid fan’ instinctively understood which teammate a player would pass to next, or the channel they would run down.
The proof isn’t just in this survey either; it is all around us, especially on Twitter.
Last night Borussia Dortmund recorded a remarkable comeback after staring down the barrel of going out of the Champions League with just three minutes added on. Football fans took to Twitter with remarks such as ‘This game isn’t over’ and after it was made 2-2 more fans predicted that there would be a third before full-time and, again, they were proved right.
The game will still be talked about as an incredible comeback for Dortmund, but the instinct inside football fans already second guessed what would happen even before it had.
But what also makes football fans great is their opinionated nature and this recent survey will give them something extra to talk about at the pub or football ground – and telling other sports fans why football fans are the greatest in the world.