FIFA to Use Goal-Line Technology at 2014 World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup
FIFA will move forward with the implementation of goal-line technology at this year's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup, according to the association's official site.
The decision comes after a successful test run at the FIFA Club World Cup last year and the plan is for the technology to get installed in every stadium that will be used for Confederations Cup and World Cup play in Brazil.
Ultimately, the use of goal-line technology is a no-brainer for FIFA. It probably should have happened sooner, but it took some time for the system to advance enough for the top-level tournaments to rely on its use.
Although officials get the vast majority of calls correct, the sport couldn't let mistakes continue to get made on goals with the stakes being so high. One missed goal call is too much for a tournament like the World Cup.
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This decision by FIFA should ensure those days are over. Football joins just about every other major sport in the use of instant replay of some kind to help get calls right. At the end of the day, that's the most important thing.
By getting the technology prepared in time for the Confederations Cup, it allows FIFA to have another test of the system when the spotlight isn't as bright. The tournament is basically a warm-up event for the World Cup.
It will give FIFA officials another year to work out any remaining kinks before next year's marquee tournament. There should be no reason that a goal call gets missed at either tournament.
Even though it took longer than many fans hoped, the addition of goal-line technology will finally make sure no tournament-changing errors are made.
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