Equation works out perfect position to watch football

Maths genius discovers formula for the best seat in the house if you’re watching the Euros.

16th June 2016
Equation works out perfect position to watch football© Getty Images

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Where is the best spot in the living room to watch the football? Right in front of the television within arms reach of the crisps? Probably, but if you needed any confirmation of your original choice Currys PC World have teamed up with University of Essex maths genius Hongshueng Dai to work out the mathematical sweet spot when it comes to watching the beautiful game at home. And here you have it:

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To sum up this groundbreaking formula, which is probably the football fan’s equivalent of Fermet’s last theorem, the equation suggests you should sit at a distance of 1.6 times the size of your TV screen. So, if you’re watching the game from a 44-inch screen, you should sit 70.4-inches away. You should also sit right in front of it as well, with an angle of no more than 30 degrees either side of the centre of the screen with your eyes level at the middle.

Things do change up a little if you’re still using one of those old fashioned non-HD television as Dai explains: “For lower resolution TVs and bigger screens, viewers should consider altering the formula from 1.6 to 2.5 to ensure a perfect viewing experience”.

We’re not going to lie, this is pretty much where we would choose to perch our bums anyway, but it’s nice to know that we can now use the power of maths to justify why we need to use our favourite spot.

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If you just can’t imagine how to get this intricate set up in your house, Currys PC World are currently touring the country showing off their Ultimate Home of Football van with the likes of football legend Chris Kamara at hand to give you tips on how to rearrange your sofa accordingly.

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