FIFA‘s International Football Association Board (IFAB) is having its annual general meeting next month. The agenda for the meeting has been released, and one issue to be discussed is the use of goal-line technology to help referees. Even though this technology is highly effective, it is still highly debated in the soccer world.
There are the purists who believe human error is part of the game, but there are those who realize accuracy is better, because one goal can make the biggest difference.
It may be slow, but the times are changing. The EPL started using goal-line technology last August, and it has proved helpful in many occasions. Just yesterday during the Southampton FC and Hull City AFC match, the technology was used to help give Southampton the rightly deserved goal that led to its win. Sometimes, it is just too hard for a referee or his assistant to be able to tell if the ball was in or not. This solves that problem and avoids big errors.
Of course, not all organizations are behind this new technology. UEFA refuses to accept it, and when an EPL club holds Champions League matches at home, the technology is turned off. It must be upsetting to those EPL players used to the technology to have a goal disallowed by mistake. It will be a slow process to have all organizations accept the new technology.
Of course, this new technology could help lead to other useful ones. Something else that is often prone to error during soccer matches is offside calls. There could easily be video playbacks to clear up any errors. I think this technology would be even more useful than goal-line technology. Many goals are called offside that clearly aren’t — at least not to the crowd.
This can be a total game-changer for the World Cup. Those are the most important games in soccer. The World Cup may be a worldwide competition, but it is one of the most unifying events in sports. Accuracy is needed to help crown the true victor, and what better way to do this then using the new technology offered in this day and age?
Hopefully FIFA will decide to start accepting these technologies into the beautiful game; even though it may not be used for the 2014 World Cup, hopefully it’ll be used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.