The Premier League could be about to brace itself for one of the most revolutionary changes that it has ever seen, when Howard Webb and Mike Riley are packing their suitcases for a trip to the Netherlands next week to trial making decisions with the aid of action replays.
We've seen it in Rugby League, Tennis, Cricket, and almost every other sport. But football surprisingly is one sport that doesn't feature the opportunity for a team's luck to change through an action replay.
In the summer of 2013 the Premier League was introduced to a new system called hawkeye, where several cameras are installed to focus on a goal line connected to a watch worn the referee by sensors. As soon as the ball crosses the line, the watch will buzz, alerting the referee to award a goal.
Hawkeye paving the way for more technology
Hawkeye has been the saviour of the Premier League as it has seen more goals awarded than what may have been given since it's introduction last season. It was also used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which helped decipher the fortune of several teams for better or worse.
Recently, managers have been infuriated by poor refereeing decisions that have virtually cost them the game. The most reliable source of this is in recent times is Swansea City manager Garry Monk, who will meet with Mike Riley on Friday to discuss his recent issue with poor officiating.
Dutch experiment could be rolled out further
Action replays can help the referee decide on whether to award a penalty, free kick, throw-in, goal kick, corner etc.
Dick van Egmond, a member of the dutch FA quoted "we've received a positive answer from FIFA for an experiment in official matches". Action replays have already been secretly tested with genuinely positive results.
If Howard Webb and Mike Riley can reach an agreement, then we could see action replays in the Premier League as soon as next season.
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