IFAB, the board that governs international football, has finally revealed that it’s members have reached a unanimous decision regarding the use of goal-line technology in professional fixtures, with the verdict now officially a ‘yes’.
Following IFAB’s approval, two different systems, GoalRef and Hawkeye will be tested to see which is the most suitable for football. Hawkeye has been a great success in tennis and golf, however there are doubts about it’s accuracy when it comes to football as it has had problems spotting the ball in situations where players are crowded in the box. According to IFAB representatives a system is set to be implemented as soon as possible, as the governing body’s members are keen to first see both in action.
“The Premier League has been a long term advocate of goal-line technology. We welcome today’s decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible .’”
England’s Premier League looks set to be the official testing zone for the new technology, an idea that excites FA general secretary Alex Horne and his peers.
“It is perfectly possible to introduce it halfway through the season. We have already got Hawk-Eye at Wembley, it needs to be calibrated and make sure it’s working properly and licensed so we are nearly there and we could turn Hawk-Eye on quite quickly.”
“The FA Cup would be our decision and we could say for the semi-finals and finals of the FA Cup we could turn it on, I don’t think that is a very controversial decision.”
Once the systems are perfected in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, FIFA’s Jerome Valcke says they could be used in tournaments like the Club World Cup and eventually the prestigious World Cup.
However, football supporters need not worry as their beloved sport won’t be turning into a technology-dependant sport any time soon, warns the IFAB.
“This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in ‘real’ football matches. The IFAB was keen to stress that technology will only be utilised for the goal-line and for no other areas of the game.”
How do you feel about this latest technology? Can it work or will it simply turn football into an annoyingly technological game?