The Ladies Gaelic Football Association and All Ireland Championship sponsors TG4 are to introduce a camera which will show exactly the referees perspective on a game.
RefCam will be seen for the first time in Ireland during the first round of qualifiers in the Football Championship on Sunday, July 27th.
The innovation has been used in Australia in a number of sports and in the WNBA Basketball in the states, highlights of which feature in the Sport for Business Daily Video today.
The equipment will be head mounted and contain a transmitter in a lightweight vest that will broadcast the pictures as part of TG4’s output. Action replays of critical decisions can be made instantly and will help take the sting out of some controversy by revealing exactly what the referee has seen as opposed to what viewers at home have had access to.
Apart from the public appeal the results from the feed will also be used to educate and develop refereeing standards to keep up with the pace of modern sport.
The Ladies Football Championship has already seen shocks this year with Kerry defeating Cork in the Munster Final and preventing them from achieving ten in a row. Galway beat Mayo in Munster while Dublin and Monaghan will also be hoping for good runs having won the Leinster and Ulster titles last weekend.
TG4 will broadcast a minimum of 15 live matches over the summer, running through from the qualifiers on July 27th to the All Ireland Finals at Croke Park on September 29th.
“We are keenly aware that our coverage is of enormous interest to all those who follow this great sport, whether on live TV or catch-up on our Player www.tg4.tv,” said Pól Ó Gallchóir, Director General of TG4. “Wherever in the world there are Irish people, there is a following for and participation in Peil na mBan – and TG4 makes it available to all, globally.”