Football fans for decades have been complaining over goals/no goals call at a critical moment in matches. We saw it at Euro 2012, when it appeared Ukraine scored against England. We sat it at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when England scored a goal against Germany. But you know where we won’t see it?
The World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Per the following information, this is going to be one of the biggest changes in football in a long, long time. UEFA attempted to use a five referee system at the Euro 2012 competition, but as we saw, it didn’t work.
No longer will teams, or fans, have excuses about goals that were allowed or disallowed. Implementation will begin immediately, which could take place as soon as a seven team Club World Cup event in Japan. That is scheduled to take place in December.
Reports have it to be that FIFA will use Hawkeye technology, similar to that in tennis and cricket. The British company was purchased by Sony Corporation, who just happens to be a major sponsor of FIFA.
Another rival company that could have their technology implemented is GoalRef from Denmark. Similar to Hawkeye, it uses magnetic sensors in a special ball to determine the position of a ball relative to the surroundings.
Whichever case is implemented, the English Premier League and Major League Soccer have both said they will also adopt the technology. One can only assume that other major football leagues will follow suit quickly.
With this rule change, effective immediately, get ready to no longer be upset about your team’s goal or no goal. I think this is a positive step forward for the game. Those that say this is bad or say that this is not how the game is supposed to be are being too old-fashioned. It’s time to embrace the future, and get critical calls right.
We knew that FIFA was going to look at changing this in the near future, but we did not know it would be this fast.
What are your thoughts? Will this be a good or bad thing for the beautiful game?