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World Cup Goal-Line Technology: Not A Win?

As next month's World Cup tournament in Brazil prepares to utilize goal-line technology for the first time, some fans and pundits worry about over-analysis and other ramifications.

The World Cup football tournament that kicks off on June 12 in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, at least as far as the use of technology is concerned. The acceptance by FIFA, the game's international governing body, of the use of goal-line technology (GLT) for the first time should bring an end to the outcome of crucial games being decided by goals falsely awarded or ruled out.

There are certainly misgivings, by fans, pundits, and some national football associations, who contend it is too expensive and could be a slippery slope towards a technology obsessed, stop-start game where every decision -- be it off-side or players diving -- could also justifiably need to be analyzed.

Some even suggest it could lead to sociological consequences. Referees' decisions have long been the source of dispute and acrimony between players, clubs, TV pundits, and most importantly, fans in bars, pubs, and streets around the grounds, and subsequently at home. This is widely accepted as part of the global game.

But the use of a 14-camera-based system located at each end of the pitch -- supplied by British sports technology pioneer Hawk-Eye Innovations to the 20 English Premiere League clubs for the season just ended -- indicates the level of controversy, banter, and even self-righteousness has hardly abated. (The startup was acquired by Sony three years ago).

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User Rank: Ninja
5/16/2014 | 1:57:25 PM
Re: World Cup Goal-Line Technology: Not A Win?
The fact that goal line technology has already been tried out, successfully I must say, at the top clubs within the English premier league is an indisputable proof that the technology is indeed effective and can do what its meant to do. It is my hope that the world football governing body has been following closely the manner in which the technology was adopted there, especially the challenges faced and how these challenges were overcome, as there are definitely some great lessons that can be learnt from that episode.
User Rank: Ninja
5/16/2014 | 1:54:41 PM
Re: About time
As a football fan and a technology enthusiast, I can help but hope that a combination of the two will lead to the advancement of both. The technology needed to execute goal line digital monitoring is not new, only its adoption is and in my opinion FIFA should have adopted and started using this very technology a long time ago. It is only the constant bickering by pessimists in power at the helm of the world football governing body that has held it this long.
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