A Call for Technology on the Goal Line

Jack MilneContributor IMay 13, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND- MAY 09: Referee Mark Halsey looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on May 9, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The use of technology in football has been debated for a good few years now, with tempers seemingly rising in regard to referee performances. The argument to introduce the use of cameras has never been so strong.

Goal line incidents.

I propose what would appear, with the money revolving around football in the modern era, a seemingly feasible solution to the phenomenon of goal line incidents.


With only a very short history in tennis, it has become a successful justice enhancing addition to a game heavily dependent on the human eye, and its close partner, human error, acting as a back up to calls from line judges and umpires.

Hawk-eye response time in tennis is fairly quick, matching perhaps the time it takes for a ball to be collected from the stands, placed, and kicked into play.

I do not foresee any major issues regarding time through the introduction of this kind of system. How many close calls on the goal line do you see in any one match?

I've heard many people say that even with goal line camera replays, the decision as to whether a goal should be awarded will still never be clear at every time of asking.

Even with slow motion replays in football, sometimes it is difficult to see, if the whole ball, did cross the line. An adoption of the Hawk-eye system would provide unequivocal evidence, resulting in the correct decision being made, 100 percent of the time. 

Considering the rarity of the event itself, there should be no limitation on the amount of times a referee can call for Hawk-eye, communication through voice or hand signal.

If, through conversation with the concerning linesman, a decision cannot be made, then Hawk-eye comes into play. 

I feel this approach would effectively eradicate goal line uncertainties and bring justice to teams and players who may otherwise feel hard done. There does, however, remain the question, where do we stop with the use of technology?

An adoption of a successfully developed system would act to test the waters of technology safely.

Calls for the implementation of technology for more frequently occurring incidents including; hand balls, touchline decisions and fouls, remain subject to widespread debate, a fundamental concern being the multiple interruptions that would occur and ultimately stop the flow of the game.  

Hawk-eye would act as a first step in utilising technology in football. It should be introduced first at the elite level of football.      


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