FIFA announced yesterday that goal-line technology will be used in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The news was met with mixed reactions but those who have supported the introduction of the technology have often argued that many other sports, such as American football, have used similar systems for years.

So alongside goal-line technology here are the three things the Premier League can learn from our neighbours from across the pond:



American Football has used a ‘review’ system since 1986. Although the current system dates back to 1999 it has been widely accepted as a success during its 14 years in the game.

Each coach has two challenges per game, a third if their first two are correct, and these can only be used on certain decisions i.e. a complete or incomplete catch is the most common.

In today’s game the review system is much more extensive with every scoring play in the NFL now being automatically reviewed and this has been extended to turnovers.

The system allows the referee to review an instant replay of the incident for 60 seconds and if clear evidence is found to the contrary of the original decision then that decision is ‘overturned’.

There’s definitely some ironing out to do, considering the NFL is a sport that compensates well for breaks in play, unlike football, but many have argued that this is a fair price to pay for more accurate decisions.



Again, American Football is tailor-made for advertisement. Most stoppages in a game will somehow result in a short window of advertising, but do you know what… it can be incredible!

The Superbowl is known as ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ and, apart from hard-hitting action and a fantastic looking Beyonce, it’s the advertisements that perfectly fill the gaps.

From the famous ‘Old Spice’ commercials to the premier of some of the world’s hottest new technology and games, the Superbowl is the prime time for television advertising.

If it’s not advertised then it’s probably sponsored, that includes the half time show, which is sponsored by the soft drinks company Pepsi - if you haven’t seen this one before, it's a great watch



Cheerleading is synonymous with American Football and there is more one reason for this.

Apart from looking incredible, they do actually put on quite a show and if you ever happen to find yourselves in the States and manage to catch a game, you might just spend your time watching them instead of the action on the field.

Leicester City had several of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ cheerleaders at the King Power Stadium for the game against Wolverhampton recently; unsurprisingly, I’ve never 22,000 men silenced so effectively.

Saying that I’m not sure cheerleading will ever really catch on in England. Mainly because a cheerleader from the sunny state of Florida sounds is a more exotic proposition than one from a wet and windy town somewhere in England.


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