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Goal-Line Technology Heading To St.James’ Park

10 years ago

Goal-line technology could be introduced at St.James’ Park as early as during  the fast approaching 2012-13 season after it was approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Zurich.

Two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, have passed the Fifa criteria as fit for purpose.

The technology will first be used at December’s Fifa Club World Cup and if successful, could then be rolled out elsewhere.

The Premier League has already stated that it wants it, “as soon as practically possible”.


Hawk-Eye’s system uses six cameras, focusing on each goal, to track the ball on the pitch.

The system’s software then uses “triangulation” to pinpoint the exact location of the ball.

If it crosses the goal-line an encrypted radio signal is sent to the referee’s wristwatch to indicate a goal has been scored.


GoalRef uses a microchip implanted in the ball and the use of low magnetic waves around the goal.

The system then detects any change in the magnetic field on or behind the goal-line to determine if a goal has been scored.

The process takes less than one second, with the result electronically relayed to the referee. (Read more on the BBC Website)

So it looks like a number of pub debates could be coming to an end as the goal-line technology is implemented. However, my feeling is that it should be an all or nothing deal with using technology, if goal-line know how is going to be used then surely you also need to give the referee help via a video ref who could instantly say if a clear decision has been missed.

Otherwise you could have one team benefiting from goal-line technology at one end of the pitch, then seconds later the opposition suffering from a clear mistake such as a penalty decision which on TV is 100% obvious.

As for Michel Platini apparently strongly believing in the system of extra officials behind each goal, I find it ridiculous.

In the whole of the European Championships I believe they only influenced one decision and missed decisions they should have been able to make.

You could have a thousand people around the pitch and it wouldn’t be as effective as one person watching TV replays.

Using extra officials with flags makes me think of when the first cars were on the roads and a bloke with a flag walked in front of them so the then ground breaking modern technology wouldn’t frighten the locals. I suppose you just never know though, maybe Platini employs a bloke to walk in front of his car?

Nothing would surprise me with the way modern football is run.


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