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PRO makes Ref Cam history

Aug 1, 2013

Professional Referee Organization referees Hilario Grajeda became the first ever official to don a head-mounted camera for a professional soccer game.

The 46-year-old wore the Broadcast Software International-built device whilst officiating the AT&T MLS All-Stars match against Italian giants AS Roma on July 31, 2013.

The wireless camera was used to capture Grajeda's point-of-view throughout the game and several Ref Cam shots were included in ESPN's live game-day broadcast.

PRO General Manager Peter Walton said: "This is a great tool for referee education in terms of referee positioning, acceleration, and play development.

"After seeing the Ref Cam system at work, we now view the system as a tremendous enhancement to the broadcast as well as a device for the referees."

Speaking after the game, Grajeda commented: “It will be a good learning tool for myself and my colleagues at PRO, and the organization itself, but also I hope referees around the world.

“For most who see the footage it will give them a different perspective and appreciation of a match than ever before.”

Watch the video below to view some of the footage.

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