Goal-line technology edges closer as International FA Board agree to vote... but it must work within one second
FIFA apparently finally agreed that goalline technology is inevitable - but must be used only under very precise conditions
The annual meeting of the International FA Board today gave a general approval to the introduction of goalline technology, but only if it could be proved flawless. And that’s only one of the conditions the Board is imposing.
According to today’s decision, the technology “would apply solely to the goal line, and only to determine whether a goal has been scored or not”. That means no use of technology whatsoever allowed for, let’s say, offsides, penalty kicks or any other review.
Also, to apply for consideration, technological providers of mentioned systems must prove that their system is “accurate”, and the system must work in such manner that the officials - and the officials only - are informed whether the ball has crossed the line or not. Oh, and finally, the technology must be able to give the verdict quickly enough to allow the officials to give a definitive ruling within one second. Yes, one second. That pretty much rules out anything that is not completely automated (the “eagle-eye” system, for example, takes 3 secs just to work), so the most likely concrete result will be something with one or more chips inside the ball. And I kinda think we’ll have to train the officers’ quickness of reflexes with some badass Playstation shooter, or their reaction time won’t ever fit into one freakin’ second.