Fifa to give goal-line tech a shot
Fifa is to kick off tests of ten systems for goal-line technology next week, avid footie fans will be relieved to hear.
The results of the tech tests will be presented to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) when it meets in March for its annual review of the sport's laws.
Systems to sense whether a goal has been scored or not, including a micro-chipped ball, have been developed and suggested before, particularly after high-profile blunders such as the Roy Caroll ball-drop in 2005.
The Adidas Teamgeist II features an embedded microchip
However, Fifa President Sepp Blatter remains a self-confessed advocate for human judgement, and last year the IFAB initially concluded that the development of goal-line technology would not be pursued.
But since the debacle of the disallowed England goal at the 2010 World Cup, and public requests for goal-line technology to be adressed, Fifa promised to re-consider the technology.
In October 2010, the IFAB insisted any technology must be able to come to a decision within one second. Next weeks tests will show whether this is possible.
Other topics to be raised include banning the infamous snood on the grounds of heath and safety, and the possibility of giving referees "vanishing spray" to mark where defensive walls should stand. ®
Ban em. Red card anyone who wears them and then ban the player.
I like this idea. I want to see the entire crossbar filled with LEDs that flash green when a goal is scored, or red if the ball gets within, say, 5cm of the line but doesn't cross it.
You could also have each player wearing an LED-adorned hat, with the hat flashing red if the player's off-side or green if they're on-side (presumably the ball will know when it's been kicked).
I think that would be excellent.
I totally agree
I have a theory, stick a chip in a ball , *surprisingly* find out it doesn't work , coz it get's broken, then Fifarts can say "we tried it, and it doesn't work"
Whereas if they had a camera on the goalline then all the overly obvious errors would be completely eliminated (you'd still get a few really close ones). But that's not what the Fifarts want to do. They want technology to fail.
See, the tech shouldn't have to be compulsory... but made available for those who want to use it. That would make so much more sense and won't force comparitively poor organisers (such as the ones from the lower leagues or from poorer countries) to implement them.
but why in the UK, and the rest of "rich" western Europe do we have to watch week in week out wrong judgements that some 5th, 6th and 7th official sat in front of some TV monitors could fix ?
I think individual leagues should be allowed to adopt or refuse technology on a vote from the clubs in that league, since it would have to be paid out whatever receipts they get for their games.
We don't need some stupid old fart like Blatter who's stuck back in the 1950's stopping good decisions via the helpful use of technology, and in the long run , technologies use is inevitable. It just frustrating we still have to listen to a twit like Blatter, who should be pensioned off.