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The NHL Has Goal Line Technology, How About FIFA?

11 MetersTo me the debate of goal line technology isn’t really one at all. If you have the capabilities to review a close play then why would you not do it? For traditionalists out there they will say that stopping the game to review something that was already called one way is wrong and it slows down the game and kills a team’s momentum. But in reality the team that deserves the momentum should be the one that actually scored or in some rare cases stopped a score from happening near the goal line.

As I’ve stated countless times before, FIFA could easily remedy this situation by mounting a camera in each goal. In fact with all the ESPN coverage they get they probably wouldn’t even have to add a single camera to the venue. And then the only other step would be to have one official in the press box watching the close plays from various angles. If a goal was robbed like England’s a day back then the official could watch it a few times much like every fan sitting at home did and then buzz the official on the pitch and properly reverse the call.

So in theory the continuous clock could actually never stop; it would just be properly set back to the recent mistake.

This would be the tamest and probably most realistic way of installing instant replay in the sport. The NHL has had countless goals reversed due to their video technology of the puck crossing the goal line. In fact reviews in the sport have become commonplace and controversy is nearly always avoided due to the support of the video footage. Rarely does anyone complain of the video footage hurting their side or costing them a match they deserved to win.

But in FIFA they have a strange way of doing things and instead of considering the installation of such a full proof system they want to just avoid the subject all together. Their remedy for their own poor officiating is to just not allow anyone in the stadium to see replays of goals which is ridiculous, but is now enforced due to Mexico‘s negative reaction to a terrible call yesterday on a Tevez offsides goal. My only question is can an organization really be this stubborn?

If FIFA were to do the right thing then they would install this press box official to review goal line plays in the next round and then such plays as Lampard’s would be called correctly within moments of it happening.  Some would say it is wrong to overturn any play after it was called, but I think that it would be wrong to let an obvious goal not count.  And it would only allow you to overturn one type critical play in a match.  And that wouldn’t fix every bad call that was made, but at least it would change the most obvious ones.


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