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Besides the NBA playoffs, the 2010 World Cup has been the sporting event of the summer that has captured American attentions, even those of us who usually do not follow soccer. Although my interest has waned a little since the U.S. team lost to Ghana in a round sixteen match, I think that Americans, and other countries for that matter, still have something to rally for — goal-line technology.
I am pretty sure that the referees are competent in doing their job of recognizing fouls and calling scores. However, a field that is 130 feet by 100 feet is a lot of territory for anyone to cover, especially a referees that must run up and down the field with the players. Referees, just like everybody else, are human beings who are susceptible to error. Because mistakes can happen, and often do, it is important to have the technological capabilities to review plays that are controversial.
Americans, and some other soccer teams, can personally support this argument. In the U.S.- Slovenia game, Maurice Edu (U.S.) scored a goal in the 85th minute. The referee, Koman Coulibaly (from Mali), disallowed the goal because he claimed that a foul had been committed right before the shot. However, no foul had actually 0ccurred and Coulibaly’s “botched call” cost the United States the game. If FIFA had already implemented instant replay for goals, this problem would not have occurred.
FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, recently announced that he would re-open discussions of using goal-line technology. FIFA should definitely implement goal-line technology because it is necessary for having a fair and efficient game. There is no way for the referees to know every single thing that happens on the field and around the goal. That’s okay if the referees can refer to instant replays when they are unsure if a goal counted or not. It is not okay if the referees incorrectly disallow goals during a world championship. Instant replay and goal technology obviously has merits because it is used in other sports, like American football and basketball.
In order to decrease the instances in which a team is out of the World Cup because of a refereeing mistake, FIFA should adopt goal-line technology before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
– Yoshana Jones
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