The Physics of a World Cup Goal

Thursday June 19th, 2014

To celebrate the World Cup, The Royal Institution made this video analyzing an infamous incident from the 2010 World Cup.

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In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Frank Lampard appeared to have scored an incredible goal, which was ultimately disallowed:

Had this goal been allowed, England could have won the entire tournament (...maybe) and returned home as champions and heroes.

Upon review, this disallowed goal was clearly over the line, and The Royal Institution has the physics to prove it. This video, starring demonstration technician Andy Marmery, explains the physics of that goal in terms we can all understand.

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