The changing times of Football.

The introduction of technology in football has been a hotly debated topic since the events of this years FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Now, in my opinion, this is a change that football needs. If there is a way to make the decisions made, more accurate and fair, then go ahead with it. HawkEye is used successfully in Cricket and Tennis today, along with the video technology used in Rugby. So why not Football? FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter, along with football’s rule-makers, agreed in March this year that no form of video replays were to be introduced to the game in the near future, despite the protests following the World Cup. I’m sure most England fans won’t be happy about that. The argument of whether the ball crossed the line pops up all the time, not just in the ‘big games’. After Roy Carroll’s ‘save’ for Manchester United back in 2005, the need for goal-line technology arose, yet was ignored. Is it going to take a repeat of the same incident on the grandest stage of all for Blatter to make a change? I certainly hope not.

I have also heard recently that when taking a penalty kick in football, the player cannot hesitate or feint a shot to fool the goalkeeper! My immediate reaction was “Seriously?!” The FA are always trying to come up with new rules that in my opinion, are taking elements of FUN and FREEDOM out of the game. Surely if a player has earned a free kick at the goal from 12 yards out with only the keeper to beat, he can do whatever he likes with the shot? Well that’s just my opinion.

Also within recent years the rule of goal celebrations has been made stricter. A player now receives a yellow card for removing his top in an act of celebration. This is by far the most ridiculous rule i’ve come across. A yellow card is also given for a bad tackle, decent or maybe even time wasting… but for celebrating. The fun has to be prelonged in Football for as long as possible. After all, it still is just a game.

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4 Responses

  1. nice blog Arran. Being English – and therefore on the receiving end of the decision at the World Cup to disallow Lampard’s legitamite goal – i understand the call for goal line technology. However, with the new Champions League system (with officials behind each goal), we need to allow time to see if this works. Granted it needs to be implemented in more than just the Champions League, But part of football is the talking points, both good and bad decisions. Would goal line technology not remove those talking points?

    And as far as the penalty thing is concerned, you can feint a shot, but you can not move backwards in your approach to the ball – so you can kick half way as if you are going to lace the ball, then stop and hope the keeper moves, because you hinder yourself as you can’t move backwards to get any power behind the shot. So it is more advised not to.

  2. In the Europa League last season they had two extra officials behind each goal, trying it out to see if ithis should be brought in in every major league. I’m not sure what the official ‘results’ of this were but I thought it was a waste of time. There were still too many decisions taken wrongly even though the extra official had a clear line of vision. I do think something needs to be done, but I don’t think extra officials is the answer.
    Many of the worst decisions during the world cup came from terrible refereeing- I remember some games, particularly a few Dutch games, one German game and one Brazil game, where the referee’s poor decisions were the main talking point of the match. Its impossible for one person to see everything, and the bad refereeing was one of the things that ruined the world cup (for me): maybe goal line technology is the only option.
    Ruth

  3. Perhaps – but there needs to be a limit. They need to announce the use of it but not make it widespread. Because many clubs can’t afford to install the technology, so I would limit it to the best league from each country in the world. This is the way Rugby Union works, only the Guiness Premiership in England has this technology at games. And it may boost the popularity of lower leagues with people going to see their games for the chance of some dodgy decisions? So it may help clubs out, the fact that they couldn’t afford the technology. Because I do not know where I would be if I didn’t have football as a starting point for many of the conversations I get myself into.

  4. I know what you mean- there is nothing like a dodgy penalty or harsh sending off for a football debate, and I don’t like the idea of goal line technology because the game to become pedantic and fussy. Where do you draw the line? If you bring in technology to sort out decisions about goals, you open up a whole issue of decisions being appealed, players wanting unfair tackles/handballs clarified… the game will become a fussy, drawn out sticking to the rules thing.
    This is just me being pessimistic. But it could go that way.

    I like your idea of only having the top league having the technology: but then you have the problem of clubs (like Burnley last season) coming into the premier league, paying for the equipment, then getting relegated and having wasted the money. There needs to be a system where if it is introduced, the FA should install the technology themselves.
    maybe just having a referee watching a camera (just one of the normal TV ones) and then having the on pitch referee asking him to verify things he’s not sure about.
    But i still am not sure about it.

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