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Should Soccer use a video referee?

June 17th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Football (Soccer), Technology, Umpires & Referees

One sport that has so far resisted the use of high-tech assistance is soccer (football). It is about time they got with the 20th century. They can’t avoid the power of the people and the power of the TV replays to upgrade their sports. There are multiple ways that technology could help the refs. How about replays being used to adjudicate on off-side decisions, whether a ball passes over the goal line, and to clarify penalty decisions. An off-field referee could communicate with the umpires on the field using wireless technology.


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  • Robert Henn

    info fans: only what is needed in football was finally to drive the video referee, to avoid the contested decision.
    See the world the revolutionary project IVSR net site (international virtual school referees). There is also a video on youtube MINICAM VIDEO REFEREE (how to see eye referee). And it is very important to make a lot of pressure on fans FIFA and UEFA representatives, but I myself can not do anything against the old (conservative) people who ”govern“ football

  • Seb

    Of course, Referees make mistakes and mistakes can’t happen in such an high level like the Fifa World cup.
    for ex. todays game South Africa vs Uruaguay the refeere gave the goalie a red card , but barely even touched the player. So Uruaguay got a penalty and South Africa only had 10 players on the field. They would of lost anyways if that didn;t happen,but not as badly.
    It just makes me angry.
    For baseball they have cameras that can track players and the ball.
    Or they have video replay challenges like in tennis.
    They should definelty do something, because it just isn’t fair.