e-Περιοδικό Επιστήμης & Τεχνολογίας

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Simulating Key Aspects of the Game of Soccer by Use of a Mathematical Model


Dr Vassilios M Spathopoulos


Adjunct Lecturer

Department of Aircraft Technology

Technological Educational Institute of Chalkis, Greece

Email: vspathop@teihal.gr





A mathematical model together with simulation data is presented for a soccer ball in flight. This type of sports ball although used in a sport of great popularity has received limited attention within the research community. It is concluded that a relatively simple model can be used in order to simulate key situations during a soccer game. Initial simulation results are presented for a free kick, corner kick and goal kick under various conditions. The results are consistent to previous studies and to the physical principles governing soccer ball motion in the air.


Key words: Soccer, Simulation, Magnus Force