The curious history of the spray «do not go over the line ...

The curious history of the spray «do not go over the line …

June 22, 2014

The curious history of the evanescent spray used in the World Cup

If you are following the World Cup in Brazil, you have already seen the same scene several times: a foul occurs, the referee forms the barrier and draws a spray can. With it he draws a white line on the grass to literally keep footballers at bay. It is the first time that something like this has been used in a World Cup, but the really funny thing is the story behind the idea.

The aerosol is called 9.15 Fair Play because of the regulatory distance of 9.15 meters that must be from the barrier to the ball and is the invention of an Argentine sports journalist, Pablo Silva, and his chemical partner. The invention, as often happens, was born out of frustration.

Back in 2001, Silva played a soccer game with his old schoolmates. A foul was called near the area and the usual happened: the barrier went ahead.

That’s how it all started. Silva first teamed up with a chemist relative to come up with a product, but it didn’t work. They needed something complex: a substance that would not harm the grass, or the footballers’ boots, or their legs, or the environment … and that could be used on real or synthetic grass, but also on other surfaces such as earth.

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