Goal-line technology in sport such as football

What is goal-line technology?

Goal-line technology is a specific technological way to understand whether a football has crossed the goal-line and in fact should be awarded as a goal.

Is there an already existing method of doing this?

There are a few different methods of doing this. For example one involves using sensors on both the football and the goal-line which will go off if the ball has crossed the line. Another is using specific cameras to ensure that the ball has crossed the line and another is using a system called “hawkeye” which is a specific graphic system which can show a graphic explanation of an occurrence and can be maneuvered to understand where in fact the ball bounced.

Why would this be implemented?

During the World Cup in 2010 there have again been calls for goal-line technology to be introduced. The reason behind this is following some poor refereeing decisions whereby a ball had crossed the goal-line but the goal was not given by the referee.

The cost of goals not being given in this manner can be huge to the teams involved both in terms of sporting glory and financial gain if a football team is eliminated from a competition on the back of such a decision.

Is this kind of technology used in other sports?

Technology along the same lines has been introduced in the following sports to name but a few:

  •       Tennis
  •       Cricket
  •       Rugby League

The type of technology used in these sports varies from cameras to hawkeye technology.

Is it legal for this to be introduced in football?

It is legal for this to be introduced in football, however, the decision for the introduction must be taken by the world governing body of the sport – FIFA. If this kind of technology was implemented it would necessitate a change in the rules of the sport as it the specific technology to be used would have to be specified as would how it would work – i.e. whether the game would be stopped so that a decision using the technology can be made.

If FIFA were to make the decision to implement this kind of technology it would be perfectly legal following the system of self-regulation which is operated in the sport of football.

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  • Is it likely that this will be introduced?
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  • Is there any other area of the sport which technology could be introduced?