FIFA’s plan is to introduce goal-line technology but I wonder if what we really should be experimenting with is a video referee. Suppose that person had access to what the television viewer at home sees.
Great idea from Derek Rae (my favorite play-by-play / commentator, by far).
Why not combine MLB’s cautious approach with the NHL’s single-location review:
- Only goal disputes can be replayed
- All replays are conducted through a single site
This would limit the amount of infrastructure needed (the cameras are all already there) and costs (a single site instead of a replay booth at every field).
Once that’s introduced, scale it back if it’s too much of an interruption.
I’d guess the goal-line technology, while prudent and accurate, will leave fans in lower leagues frustrated with its slow rollout (who absorbs the costs?).
I’d rather see replays up and running across all football leagues and tournaments in a consistent time-frame using the same technology we see in our homes than waiting for technology that will cost / confuse too much.
Of course, using either approach, Luis Suarez’s goal would remain disallowed (it was ruled offside, not a non-goal).
Still, baby steps.