FIFA Is Experimenting With Ways To Bring Soccer Into The Modern Age

FIFA Is Experimenting With Ways To Bring Soccer Into The Modern Age
Fitness & Sport

International soccer (or football) is starting to follow other sports leagues already utilizing important technology

Jiwon Kim
  • 8 august 2017

Despite its high revenue and popularity, FIFA has been reluctant to implement new technology to help guide professional soccer matches. This was on the grounds that soccer is filled with human emotion and passion. Purists simply do not want to slow down the sport. Referees, coaches and players may make mistakes— but that’s all part of the game. Nonetheless, FIFA has started experimenting with goal-line technology (GLT) and video assistant referee (VAR).

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is working with FIFA to integrate more technology in order to ensure better, fairer calls. Goal-line technology consists of high-speed cameras that take multiple shots to see if a soccer ball does in fact cross the goal line—and in a game like soccer, one goal can mean everything. Having begun testing in 2012, FIFA has utilized the technology at events such as the World Cup, and its success had led to leagues picking up the same technology.

The video assistant referee allows referees check video replays to make the right call on goals, penalties, red cards and mistaken identity. Although not every call can be questioned, it helps ensure a fair game while also silencing vocal fans and players. IFAB has continued its work to ensure that all this technology functions properly and fits seamlessly into games. This includes working with other pro sports leagues such as the NBA and NFL, which already utilize this technology.

“I am extremely happy with VAR so far. We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make the correct decisions. This is what VAR is all about. The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication. What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening. This is a milestone tournament. Video Assistant Refereeing is the future of modern football,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a press release.

As technology becomes more widespread in soccer, referees will still have the final say in the calls. FIFA and IFAB have stated that they do not want this technology to take over the job of referees or take away any of the emotions of the sport. Instead, they hope to assist referees in making the right calls.

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Despite its high revenue and popularity, FIFA has been reluctant to implement new technology to help guide professional soccer matches. This was on the grounds that soccer is filled with human emotion and passion. Purists simply do not want to slow down the sport. Referees, coaches and players may make mistakes— but that’s all part of the game. Nonetheless, FIFA has started experimenting with goal-line technology (GLT) and video assistant referee (VAR).

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