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Does Soccer Need New Technology Or Instant Replay Added To The Game?

By Connor Sullivan

Since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in which a large number of teams felt they were robbed of crucial points in the tournament by referees who were unable to make calls appropriately, there has been a push for instant replay to be used in the sport. Even playing the games under a T5 Ballast light and Electronic Ballasts technology that was used for this World Cup, fans and players alike were not please with the referring seen in 2010. Millions of players, fans, and managers believe that there must be some changes to the game in order to keep things fair, so the best team really does win the match.

There are plenty of positives to adding some sort of review system to the game. This is one way to ensure the the people who out play the other team moves on in major tournaments and games. For example, during this World Cup in particular many goals were taken back because of poor off-side calls. With an instant replay type of technology, the referees could go over to look and double check their assessment if necessary.

There are also quite a few negatives about adding instant replay to the game of the world. One of the biggest cons is the idea that time would be added to the game. Players and fans are pleased that the game of soccer is one of the only fast-paced, constantly moving sports in the world nowadays. To add instant replay or timeouts for the referees to look over controversial decisions would fundamentally change the game. The other major negative is the amount of cash it would take to set this up. FIFA claims it would cost too much to put this goal-line technology in all of the stadiums across the globe. However, not all of the stadiums would haveto have the technology, just the ones where important matches like the Champions League and the World Cup are held.

There have been a few compromises that have been recommended to FIFA. The first compromise would be goal-line technology, which would mean a machine or censor would be put on the goal-line so when the ball went over the line all of the referees would hear a beeping noise in their ear-piece to indicate a goal has been scored. This would not change the way the game is played in the slightest bit and it also means that when a goal is scored there is not argument. The second suggestion has been that referees be able to look again at controversial calls during halftime. Again, this does not change the way the game would be played, although it would certainly change momentum if a team came back from halftime and either won or lost goal. With this suggestion there is also the fairly big issue of determining who decides what calls are controversial and would need to be reviewed at halftime. The last compromise would be to make room for at least one or two more referees to the field; however, this costs money.

Hopefully, FIFA is able to come up with a course of action to make the games that matter much more fair than they were during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is absolutely imperative that FIFA do what they can to make their fans and players happy because when the fans get frustrated, they usually choose not to attend games, which means much less money. This would be a huge issue that would make both FIFA and fans very upset.

Connor R. Sullivan recently started purchasing lighting supplies such as a T5 ballast online because of the convenience. He replaced the light bulbs in his office with Electronic Ballasts.

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