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Why FIFA Should Allow Goal-Line Technology In Football

fifalogoThe International Football Association Board (IFAB) met in Zurich on 6 March 2010 and voted against any further experiments in relation to using goal-line technology in Football matches. This issue is one that has brought about a lot of controversy among Football enthusiasts, with equal number of professionals and fans alike, making arguments for and against introducing technology in the game. Predictably, the reaction from supporters of goal-line technology, such as Arsenal Football Club manager, Arsene Wenger and former top referee, Graham Poll, gives the impression that Saturday’s decision will certainly not be the end of this matter. Indeed, Football is one of the oldest sports in history and referees’ do have a right to make mistakes. However, certain mistakes are unacceptable particularly when such errors can be prevented.

The 21st century has seen unprecedented development, technological advancements and implementation in various areas, including sports such as rugby and cricket. The fact that these sports are still very popular and successful today suggests that technology and sports do actually mix. Therefore rather than ruining the game, allowing technology will make Football less controversial and as a result attract more fans.

At the IFAB meeting, two systems were presented, Cairos – a chip inserted in a ball, and Hawk-Eye – frequently used in tennis and cricket. However, the presentations were not enough to convince FIFA that technology introduction will cause little or no interruptions than already exists in an average Football match. Infact, there are many instances in Football games, where a referee had made the wrong decision, consulted his assistant for several minutes and still arrived at a wrong conclusion. Furthermore, decision making can be made a lot faster by appointing an additional official tasked with monitoring for example, electronic signals from a Football or Television replays, and providing assistance to referees in high-profile matches.

Technology is now a part of everyday life, and making it a part of Football would aid rather than hinder referees, promote justice and possibly help clean the game by discouraging cheating. FIFA would do well to give it a second thought.

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    March 10, 2010 at 5:03 am

    There is discussion flying around whether FIFA should use technology to determine or help goal decisions. I don’t think the discussion should revolve around whether FIFA is going to use the technology but it’s more of when?

    • Admin

      March 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      Agreed. Technology should be embraced even more, especially in sports where fans can be very passionate and decisions are sometimes controversial.

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  9. I am in support of the Goal line technology, I think it will go a long way in helping FIFA to resolve the issue of cheating in football match which is killing our soccer.

  10. Designer

    June 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Technology is finding its use in many sports these days. Coaches use various techniques to study and analyze the players.
    In my opinion, goal-line technology must be allowed by FIFA. Goal-line technology can act as a tool by which FIFA can check and resolve cheating issues.

  11. Admin

    June 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Two clearly wrong decisions made by match officials today (England vs Germany and Mexico vs Argentina) due to FIFA’s refusal to allow the use of technology in Football. Very much doubt if that would change anything though, as long as the current regime is still in place.

  12. tdandato

    July 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    The evidence from Goal Line Cameras will help sway public opinion to higher standards of Fair Play in Football, at least on the goal line, where fair play is most important. It is, however, the responsibility of fairminded football fans everywhere to sway the opinion of FIFA to install Goal Line Technology & update the laws governing goal line infractions.

    If Goalies dishonestly scooping a ball back in play after it has already crossed the goal line disgusts your sense of moral virtue, then Stand Up for Fair Play in Football!

    If Defenders or Strikers deliberately using their hands to deny an inbound ball on the goal line offends your sense of justice, then Stand Up for Fair Play in Football!

    • Admin

      September 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Unfortunately it is quite difficult to find sportsmen such as the ones you describe, in today’s world 🙁

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    October 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I think it’s definitely time to bring goal line ‘technology’ in, there’s no doubting that, but the problem is what the answer is. Do we use costly technology that is only going to be available to clubs with money, thus excluding most non professional sides from the technology. Or do we use the added referees like they tested in the Europa league… Whatever it is we need to do something now….they change the ball to create more shooting opportunities which ultimately will create more goal line controversy.

    • Admin

      January 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      It’s probably just a matter of time.

  15. True Football

    November 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Goal line Technology.Graham Poll about stupid and stubborn FIFA.
    Legendary ex-international and premiership referee Graham Poll answers questions about Goal line Technology.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3whiRDP9w2U

  16. True Football

    November 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Goal Line Technology .Word Media about about FIFA ,Sepp Blatter and Goal Line Technology
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFbxSrilK2w

  17. Diseño web Tarragona

    March 14, 2011 at 7:57 am

    In my opinion I don’t think the discussion should revolve around whether FIFA is going to use the technology but it’s more of when?

  18. Diseño Web Tarragona

    March 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    If Goalies dishonestly scooping a ball back in play after it has already crossed the goal line disgusts your sense of moral virtue, then Stand Up for Fair Play in Football!

    If Defenders or Strikers deliberately using their hands to deny an inbound ball on the goal line offends your sense of justice, then Stand Up for Fair Play in Football!

  19. Travis

    April 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I agree that technology will become the norm. It is finding its way into pretty much all sports. I don’t recall which sport embraced it first (maybe tennis?). But, I do think it is the right thing to do. There’s a lot on the line in todays sports leagues (i.e. MONEY). Why not make sure the winner is really the winner.

  20. Janis Gagliardi

    June 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Goal Line Technology, I think will improve soccer as a whole and when technology can make things fair why not soccer? Technology if used correctly can prove very beneficial and gaming is just an example. Whenever I play Fifa online games I’ve always wondered whether the real players actually play these games because though I am not a player I am a football fan and video games teaches so much on accuracy and decision making.

  21. Anthony

    April 10, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I think it’s a good idea, but sometimes technology can go overboard (you need a computer science degree to watch the cricket sometimes!). Referees usually get the decision right most of the time, but for big games where one decision can determine the result, goal line technology wouldn’t take up too much time in terms of a review..

  22. Dilwar Singh

    November 18, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Hello Admin
    I’m extremely agree with you but it is hard to say. It will not only improve the the game but also remove some pressure of referee. One wrong decision by referee, all blames over him, no matter which player has done the mistake. I would like to appreciate your thought for FIFA technology….. Anyway I am just waiting for next summer FIFA World Cup & I’ll support Germany. Which side on you are??
    Thanks regards
    Dilwar Singh

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