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English Premier League’s Goal-Line Technology Investment Has Already Paid Off

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Earlier this year, it was announced the English Premier League would institute goal-line technology. Well, it didn’t take long for the new technology to be used. Its 2013-2014 EPL season debut came in the game between Chelsea and Hull City.

Off the corner kick, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic header was saved by Hull City’s keeper. The referee’s initial call was no-goal, and the technology’s multiple angles confirmed and aided the referee that it was indeed a no-goal.

If the ball did cross the line and was a goal, the referee would have been buzzed. However, during Sunday’s game, the referee was not buzzed and the right decision was made from the initial call.

Since the EPL announced they were implementing goal-line technology, I was glad and also excited to see it used. However, I was surprised that this technology had to be used so early. I was expecting it to not be used until about the third or fourth week of EPL action.

It doesn’t really matter now though. Fewer non-goals will be called goals, and fewer goals that don’t actually cross the line will stay as goals. This new technology is a very simple way to see if the ball does indeed cross the line. In addition, it won’t pause games for long time periods in order to review the multiple angles.

Luckily for us, this same type of technology was used at the 2013 Confederations Cup and will be used at the 2014 World Cup.

Phil Naegely is a writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow on Twitter @PnaegelyRS, and on Google.