The argument over whether human-error is a part of officiating in sports or whether technology should be used to aid officials added another wrinkle on Tuesday when FIFA made a huge announcement.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that FIFA has said they will be using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The technology is similar to the “Shot-Track” technology used in tennis and will allow officials to tell whether or not the ball crosses the goal-line for a goal or not.
This action comes in response to the 2010 World Cup, with the article saying, “FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted on giving World Cup referees high-tech aids to make goal-line decisions after seeing England midfielder Frank Lampard have a clear goal denied against Germany at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.”
How the goal-line technology works is a magnetic chip is placed in the ball and in the goalposts, which will react by sending a signal to the referee’s watch when a goal is scored.
Now that the technology will be instituted in the tournament, the report says that FIFA has four companies with this technology that are bidding and competing for their company’s equipment to be used.
Whatever company is chosen though, at least there will be no controversy regarding goals being scored at the 2014 World Cup.
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