Football is hardly a game renowned for embracing technology, as the long running soap opera surrounding goal lines demonstrates.
That said, the way we play, watch and support the game has always adapted with the times. As this excellent infrographic from HTC points out, everything from shin pads to flood lighting was at one time a revolutionary addition to our national sport.
But the really exciting bit is imagining how technology might shape football's future.
Robot football? 3D holograms of live matches? Kits – and flying insects – fitted with cameras?
It's all to come, apparently. Or even if it isn't, these artist impressions make interesting viewing.