J-League introduces vanishing spray for 2015 season

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The on Monday announced that its referees will use vanishing spray in major competitions throughout the 2015 season.

According to the league’s website, the decision to introduce the spray was made after a successful test at the 2014 J-League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, which Gamba Osaka won 3-2 over Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

The spray, used by officials to mark free kick locations and boundaries in order to reduce the time needed to restart play, will be used in all competitions organized by the league save for the semi-professional J3 League.

Developed in 2000 and used in various competitions since then, vanishing spray gained worldwide attention when it was approved for use in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Vanishing spray was also used in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and can be seen in some of Asia’s top leagues, including Iran’s Gulf Pro League, Australia’s A-League, and the Thai Premier League.