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RetrOriginalFootball’s new Rotterdam pop-up shop

At Life After Football we extend the weekend with the EXTRA TIME +4 section. Every week we highlight four stories in the world of football, fashion and lifestyle, in order to keep you updated on fresh and relevant news. This week features a RetrOriginalFootball pop-up shop, new offside technology for the Premier League, a BIF Allstars charity match featuring former Ajax legends, and our very own Life After Football footgolf event


RetrOriginalFootball’s new pop-up shop

The Rotterdam based company RetrOriginalFootball, who has provided football historians and fans with the opportunity to buy vintage and authentic football kits for the past decade, is hosting a pop up shop in Rotterdam for a limited time.

The pop up shop will be open from 11am to 6pm on both May 4th and 5th, and is located directly next to Rotterdam central station at Het Groothandelsgebouw. RetrOriginalFootball only sells official and authentic jerseys from all over the world of football, making it the ideal pop up shop for any football historian looking for a vintage kit.

The previous pop up shops hosted by RetrOriginalFootball have been extremely popular, so we recommend getting to the event earlier in the day so you don’t miss their limited supply of vintage kits. Make sure to also give them a follow on Instagram, where they are giving away two 25€ vouchers for the pop up shops kit collection.

Premier League’s new offside technology

Starting next season, the Premier League hopes to enhance the accuracy and speed of offside decisions by adopting semi-automated offside technology (SAOT). The decision to adopt this new technology was made unanimously by the all premier league clubs during a recent meeting in April. SAOT is already in use in competitions like the Champions League, Serie A and has been utilized in recent World Cup games.

The integration of SAOT into the Premier League is planned to occur near the annual autumn international break, potentially as early as September or as late as November. This technology aims to reduce the average duration of VAR checks for offsides by about 30 seconds, which will hopefully streamline the review process significantly.

The technology is extremely sophisticated, and operates by using a system of 12 cameras around the stadium that track 29 data points on each player. The Premier League has yet to announce its technology partner for SAOT and states that contracts are still in negotiation. Meanwhile, the existing VAR system, Eagle Eye, will still be used and next year will serve as a backup for SAOT.


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BIF Allstars charity match

Hosted by the Black Impact Foundation, the BIF allstars will take on a team full of former Ajax legends on Saturday, April 20th at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam Zuid. The BIF is a diverse and worldwide collective of previous professional footballers from African descent, who look to build a more inclusive and equal world for footballers everywhere.

The BIF allstars team consists of former world class players such as Edgar Davids, Sol Campbell, Ryan Babel, and Emerson, who will play against the Ajax Legends team of Wesley Sneijder, Frank De Boer, Aaron Winter and Kiki Musampha. The doors to the Olympic Staduim open at 6:30pm, with the game kicking off at 8:30pm and the closing ceremony starting at 10:30pm. There will also be entertainment provided from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and a halftime performance during the match. Tickets are available on the official BIF website, so make sure to reserve your spot before they sell out.


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Footgolf with Life After Football

This past Thursday LifeAfterFootball, in collaboration with our loyal sponsors, hosted the annual LifeAfterFootball Footgolf event at Seve Golf Center in Rotterdam.

The event was a huge success, with many different current and former professional footballers competing for unique prizes and the tournaments top spot. Participants were split into teams that were captained by a famous professional footballers such as Frank De Boer, Gregory Van Der Wiel, and Evgeniy Levchenko.

Both the individual and team tournaments were competitive, with Levchenko finishing first in the overall competition and winning the Omega Watch grand prize. With nice weather, great food, and plenty of friendly competition, this event was definitely a day remember for everyone involved.


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