Journal Special issue: Association Football

Every time the FIFA world cup comes around, there is a flurry of research into football. This may be aerodynamics, shoe traction or impact mechanics. To capture the research conducted surrounding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, journal Sports Engineering is planning a special issue on association football.

If you have some research which you think would be at home in the journal please see the flyer or contact the associate editors Simon Choppin ( or Tom Allen (


About wiredchop

Simon Choppin Simon’s sports engineering career began at the age of six when he loosened the wheels of his skateboard in order to make it go faster. While the experiment was chalked up as his first failure, his resulting dimpled skull has provided an aerodynamic advantage in more recent sporting pursuits. Academically, Simon completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics at Nottingham University before joining the Sports Engineering Research Group at Sheffield to start his PhD. His main interests include work with high speed video, mathematical modelling of various sorts and experimental work involving machines with big buttons. As a sportsman, Simon has an unfortunate lack of talent for anything requiring skill, tactical awareness or the ability to learn from mistakes. He does however seem to posess the ability to move his legs around for a long time until other people get tired, for this reason you’re most likely to see him on a bike of some sort or running up a hill in offensively small shorts. Simon was fortunate enough to have a stint at the Guardian newspaper as part of the BSA’s media fellowship, which gave him the idea for this blog. Other than this, his writing experience includes his PhD thesis and various postcards to his Mum.

1 Response

  1. Robert Hughes

    Dear Sir /Madam

    I have an issue which is causing some concern. As we will putting our products range through the PPE process for CE accreditation. The product range which is patent pending, is a foam based material that have extremely impressive impact properties and will be used as an protective product for the lower leg region in football & rugby, because of the high volumes of stud impacts and slicing. that occurs in these two sports

    My question is – as there are no specific standards or classicication for my product. I am therefore forced to have my product assessed by the EN13061-2009 for a Hard shell shin guard. where the testing process for the stud impact and stud slicing is conducted via a steel rod to represent the action of a stud on contact .

    I was wondering why the testing critera is not tested by materials that are currenlty used by the boots Manufacturers such as plastics and alumimiium studs.Alternatively can a new standard be created and considered as long as it pass the health and safety issues?

    Is this something that can be raised and discussed with the governing body/bodies as I feel the currently standards does not reflect a real and current method of testing for new impact products coming into the market.

    I look forward to your response


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