Thursday, September 01, 2005

New goal line technology and the 2006 World Cup

It seems very likely that new technology that alerts the referee whenever the ball crosses the goal-line or goes out of play will be used during the 2006 World Cup. The last test before the big show will be the FIFA Under-17 world championships in Peru. If it works in the four stadia that are being out fitted with the technology, it will be seen in Germany.

This technology is something that has been discussed for a long time, but concerns on the accuracy always pushed the idea back to another day. If it works, it will eliminate all the guesswork and help refs make better calls. However, if this system fails even once during the World Cup (and it doesn't have to be a goal, it could be some out of play situation at mid-field), I don't think it will be used on the international stage anytime soon. As much as people hate bad calls by refs, they hate bad calls by technology even more.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said of the technology, "This goal-line technology is enough. Football must keep its human face and must accept errors. If we start to make it too scientific this game will lose its fascination."


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