Thursday, June 21, 2012

Goal Line Technology

Below is an article regarding the ongoing question to whether or not goal-line technology should be used within the professional game of soccer.  For many years games have been decided on single goals that were allowed or disallowed due to the question, "Did the ball cross the line?".  In recent years, it is more evident that these decisions have become invaluable to the outcome of games, and the success of teams and countries in major competitions.  It has come down to the fact that a team can progress or be knocked out depending on a decision to if the ball crossed the line or not.
On Tuesday this week, England played Ukraine in their last game of the group stages at Euro 2012.  The game finished 1-0 to England, which sent England through as the winner of the group, but also knocked Ukraine out of the competition as they finished in 3rd place.  The other two teams in the group, France and Sweden, were playing against each other at the same time.  Sweden beat France 2-0, but because Ukraine lost to England, France went through in 2nd place.  If the Ukraine had tied England 1-1, they would have gone through in 2nd place over France.
With 10 minutes left in the England v Ukraine game, the Ukraine forward went through one v one with the England goalkeeper.  The Ukraine forward lifted the ball over the England goalkeeper, but a retreating England defender appeared to clear the ball before it crossed the line.  Instantly, the Ukraine players and fans were claiming the ball crossed the line, but the referees waived play on.  Instant replays showed the public watching the game that the ball did in fact clearly cross the line.  This goal would have tied the game 1-1, and sent Ukraine through into the next round of Euro 2012.
This decision to not allow the goal has proved a major factor in the progression of many countries in this tournament.  The bottom line is, the game has become too fast for the human eye in certain situations.  The game has also become too important to teams and countries for decisions like these to be missed.  The use of goal-line technology has now become a major importance to the game that we cannot ignore anymore.


Sepp Blatter eyes goal-line technology after England win

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has renewed his call for the introduction of goal-line technology after a controversial incident in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine helped eliminate the co-hosts.
Marko Devic's shot crossed the line in the game in Donetsk but was not given.
Goal-line technology could be approved by the International Football Association Board on 5 July.
"After last night's match ‪#GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity," Blatter tweeted.
Uefa president Michel Platini prefers the system of five match officials.
But he stated on Monday that he expects the IFAB meeting in Zurich to give one of two goal-line systems currently being tested the go-ahead.
If that is the case, individual associations can decide whether to use the technology in their competitions. That means Uefa could still decide not to implement the system.
The Premier League has previously stated its willingness to make the change.
Uefa's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina has defended the officiating at the tournament, claiming two similar decisions in previous games were correct.
Collina said: "We made a mistake. I wish we hadn't made the mistake but we did. Referees are human beings and human beings make mistakes."

Major goal-line controversies

1966 - It is still unclear whether Geoff Hurst's shot crossed the line for the third goal in England's 4-2 World Cup final win over West Germany
2005 - Tottenham's Pedro Mendes' shot clearly crosses the line but Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll claws the ball away and play continues
2005 - Jose Mourinho still maintains that Liverpool's Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-final never crossed the line
2010 - Frank Lampard's shot crosses the line but is not given in England's 4-1 World Cup defeat by Germany
2012 - Lampard is awarded a goal in Chelsea's 5-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham when the ball did not appear to cross the line

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