Synopsis of Current Developments: Soccer
Soccer is arguably the biggest sport in the world, in terms of the impact on everyday lives, either through spectating or participation. Indeed, as the conference to which these proceedings are linked begins, we will all still be recovering from the excitement of the 2006 World Cup final that occurred in Berlin a few days previously. A sport that has so much impact, unsurprisingly also generates great research interest, reflected in the number of papers in the following section as well as in other sections of these proceedings. In sports engineering this research is fairly well distributed between four key components of the game: the ball, the pitch, the footwear used and the players themselves.