Today it was announced that the world of soccer was implementing goal-line technology for the 2014 World Cup, although in a confusing twist, no specific company has been credited with any product that has the ability to do so. However, FIFA announced they were looking into purchasing the technology from any company that could make it work.
“Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April,” FIFA said in a statement.
So apparently the technology is coming and the world of soccer is on board. The NFL should follow soon. If the product works, we will finally be able to tell if a player actually breaks the plain of the goal-line instead of guessing where the ball was on the bottom of a pile. It would be a great improvement and a step forward in making sure the game is decided on the field, by the players and not the officials.
Of course seeing how the technology works for soccer first is a smart approach, but let’s hope NFL people are watching and studying the products carefully. In today’s day and age, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a way to take the guessing out of the game of football, both in Europe and in the United States.
The time has come for the NFL to take the next step in enhancing the game of football and that means embracing any technology that makes the game better. New goal-line technology is needed and it shouldn’t be too long before it makes its way into the NFL.
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