Goal-line technology has long divided opinion, but it looks set to benefit the beautiful game.
Football has never been as intensely scrutinised as it is in the modern era. Every action, every move, every strategy is fine tuned to perfection. As the game evolves, so have the tactics.
With all the modern aspects making in-roads into the game of football the use of goal-line technology has been strangely missing from the list of innovations. Goal-line technology has been a hotly-debated issue in most corners of the football community, with some calling for the instant integration of it and others suggesting that the use of video replays and similar technological advances could rob the game of its human element.
FIFA, for the most part of the debate, had been strong opponents of the proposed idea to use goal-line technology, but as of the 2010 World Cup match between England and Germany, where Frank Lampard’s clear goal was not awarded by the officials, FIFA has reconsidered its position.
Goal-line technology was initially tested in this season's Club World Cup and successfully recorded all the 21 goals scored without malfunctions and FIFA aims to make the technology operational by this summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil before the 2014 World Cup finals take place in the same country.
The two methods of goal-line technology approved by FIFA are GoalRef and Hawk-Eye, with both systems recording all 21 goals in the Club World Cup.
The Premier League in England has also announced plans to implement this technology by next season but some leagues like the German Bundesliga are determined to wait a little longer.
UEFA has tried to appease the calls for goal-line technology by utilising extra officials to make the call on contested decisions, but it still possesses room for error, unlike goal-line technology.
Goal-line technology, for the most part, would solve the contentious goals issue within leagues around the world in a matter of seconds and potentially save match officials from the jeering crowds due to a debatable decisions.
The football governing body has been slow to jump onto the goal-line technology bandwagon but one hopes that the decision to clarify all contentious goals is finally just around the corner.
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