Goal-line technology: Impact on football
Goal-line problems have gone, but has the drama they brought been taken with it?
We've experienced two months of Premier League football feeling relieved, amazed and welcoming to the new era in football. Goal-line technology, the beginning of a revolution as it has been described. 14 cameras, placed around every corner of the stadium to tell us, that is a goal, or that is not a goal. No more debating, no more arguments.
But as we sit here, after months of wondering how it all works, the initial impact has cooled down and now that it has become an essential in our game, we should ask ourselves: Do we miss the drama, the enjoyment of debating the decision and even the human element of what once was?
Let's go back to the South Africa World Cup 2010, England-Germany. There's no need to go into detail, we all remember. The score being 2-1 to Germany, Frank Lampard's long range shot crashing onto the crossbar. The ball bouncing down, obviously yards over the goal-line. The rest is history as they say. Although, it was this moment, three years ago, which arguably kicked-off the campaign for the technology.
So what I'm asking is, now that we know something like that won't ever happen again, will the drama in football subside? How will fans and the media be impacted?
To begin with fans, like you reading this now, the most important people in football, the people who prove the popularity of football and determine whether it survives in the future, has football has become more of a game?
For us in this matter, it depends on the situation, obviously the example given was outrageous for everyone, it's safe to say we'd rather goal-line technology was brought in time for the World Cup that year. But as a neutral, part of the enjoyment of football has always been moments like this, whether it be penalty decisions or offside calls, it gave us something to talk about and kept the game interesting, and most importantly gave people more passion for their team, to stand by them.
So the fear in the long-term is when the excitement of the introduction of goal-line technology does fully die down, how will that excitement be replaced? Other instances like hand-balls maybe, but goal-line decisions have the most risk and importance in football, considering goals are the aim of the game.
The next criticism of goal-line technology falls under the game losing its human element. Football, unlike cricket and tennis, has always stayed truthful to using only human senses to manage the game, but after the step up to technology, it's going down the road of other sports, but since the idea of the fifth-official (the assistant behind the goal-line) isn't going to plan, goal-line tech brings positives in this case.
Nevertheless, our game has always shown pride in its purity, and the new ideas being put in place let us simply stay within range of other sports, provided we don't stay stuck in time and rest too heavily on the history and roots of football.
Lastly, the group probably most affected by Hawk-Eye and GoalRef to name two, are the media. Journalists and newspapers have always jumped at a goal-line decision, ghost goals and other controversial decisions in modern football matches.
These examples just mentioned have since been wiped away, meaning goal-line technology has disposed of another aspect of football we love to read about, and the drama emphasised by the media. The sense of controversy it brought is now something newspapers can't write about, and again, as the drama dies down, so will the entertainment factor of football.
Indefinitely, we've been told goal-line technology will eradicate some of the most talked about problems of modern football, but as we watch in awe of the upgrades that the beautiful game has made, we should be careful to make sure this game doesn't turn ugly.
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