What’s That Annoying Buzzing Sound During World Cup Soccer Games?

by Michael on June 12, 2010 · 5 comments

Have you been watching any World Cup soccer games? If so, have you been wondering about that buzzing sound in the background? Well, wonder no longer… It’s a bunch of “vuvuzelas” being blown by the fans in attendance.


Never heard of a vuvuzela (a.k.a. lepatata)? Neither had I until I started digging around after being forced to listen to their incessant buzzing all afternoon. As it turns out, a vuvuzela is a stadium horn that is extremely popular with South African soccer fans.

Vuvuzelas are very loud — around 130 dB at the mouth of the horn — and sound like a swarm of angry bees when a bunch are being blown at once. They’ve also been associated with permanent hearing loss, and they’re incredibly annoying.

Originally made of tin, vuvuzelas are now made of plastic due to stadium safety concerns. In fact, FIFA considered banning even the plastic version for the 2010 World Cup due to fears that hooligans would use them as weapons.

A similar instrument, known as a “corneta,” is used by South American soccer fans.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Me The Snake June 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Awesome! I was just wondering what the heck that annoying sound was and pulled your article up. Thanks!

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Tom Layton June 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I’ve never been particularly fond of soccer and since a bunch of numbskulls developed the practice of blowing those idiotic horns I won’t be wasting any more time watching, (and hearing) it. I have one question; how do they finance the activity ( I hesitate to call it a sport)? There must not be any sponsors, They don’t seem to have any commercial breaks.

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gary July 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

What is a vuvuzelas? Is it a horn or something?

Do they give them free to fans attending game?I’m going to play fifa soccer on xbox 360.man I love futbol. I think ill play manchester united against
Brazil.no I’m gonna play uraguay vs. Netherlands.
See who wins. Wow where did uraguay come from?beating ghana.I hope they take the cup……….they deserve it.

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gary July 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hey tom. What up dude?I didn’t like to watch soccer either until u go to a game .the atmosphere is magical bro.sounds nults but that buzzing is so loud put ur tv on max volume and x it by 10. Earplugs a good idea.but now I enjoy soccer. I just watch the worldcup and lo
ve manchester united games.so I watch a few here and there.tom try playing fifa soccer for xbox. Its so much fun.that made me like and understand the game.try it…..futbol is not just a sport to some of theese countries.its there life and sadly for some its freedom and a way to escape there very unforrtunate lives. Its kinda like a place they dream…I never new how serious they arebabout it.the fans get wild man. I mean wild. Carsbon fire. Gas cans set afire. Etc. Its outta hand some games when there are two big time hostil rivals play.

ITS WAR. FOR THESE PEOPLE……VERY SERIOUS GAME OVER THERE. PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU

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Brixter December 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

Yeah, it’s kind of annoying specially when all the players running around those yards? Annoying and tiring?

Well soccer is cool minus that buz sound.

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