Epq- Goal Line Technology

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Goal line technology should be introduced in football

Contents page:

Section 1: The history of goal line technology

Section 2: Definition and types of goal line technology

Section 3: Advantages of goal line technology in football

Section 4: Drawbacks of goal line technology in football

Section 5: Further types of video refereeing in football

Section 6: The economics of goal line technology

Section 7: Survey details

Section 8: Conclusion

Section 1: The history of goal line technology

Goal line technology has been debated for many years. Disputes over whether the ball has crossed the line can be traced back to the 1966 World Cup. Who does not remember England versus West Germany in the final of the 1966 World Cup when Sir Geoff Hurst scored a contentious goal, which gave England a 3-2 lead allowing them to win. 2 These problems have occurred for decades and they will continue to occur until goal line technology is introduced. 100% of the survey participants would argue goal line technology should be introduced to the game of football, now that the football authorities have approved it. 1 The majority of survey participants argued that football referees are frequently unable to make accurate decisions and much hangs on the outcome of each decision. 1 The game would be more attractive as some of the noise would disappear. 1 This is one very good way to move football into the 21st Century.

Goal line technology is an intriguing topic. There are so many sides to the debate as to whether it should be introduced into the game. It is hotly debated following every major tournament because there are always problems involving goals. Recent high profile examples of major mistakes include the 2010 World Cup with Frank Lampard’s goal against Germany, which was well over the line. 23 This would have made the score 2-2 but instead England lost 4-1 and they were kicked out of the tournament. Only 2 years on the same kind of situation happened in the European Championships where Ukraine were wrongly not given a goal against England and they were then kicked out of the tournament. England found itself on both sides of the debate inside 2 years. You win some and you lose some, some people might argue, but there is too much at stake in the game of football.

Even though you can trace back the initial argument to 1966, the question as to whether goal line technology should be introduced properly reared its ugly head again in 2005 when Tottenham played Manchester United. In this particular game Pedro Mendes shot from 45 yards, the Manchester United keeper dropped it and it went 2 yards over the goal line, but was not given for some reason. Next in 2009, another incident occurred whereby Crystal Palace had a goal wrongly not awarded to them when they scored and the ball bounced against the stanchion below the net and came back out. A combination of all of the above resulted in the football hierarchy properly considering the issue only to come to the wrong conclusion at that time according to most participants in the game of football. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) voted 6-2 against goal line technology in March 2010 in their infinite wisdom! IFAB includes representatives from each of the UK’s FA’s + FIFA.

The mood started shifting however and in a poll at the time, 90% of the team captains playing in the UEFA Europa League voted for goal line technology. 4 Most importantly more recent examples of blatant mistakes have led to the FIFA discussing whether to allow the introduction of goal line technology into football yet again. This has led to them testing out different methods for goal line technology. As a result, two systems will be allowed to operate in the future as they have passed all the necessary tests.

Section 2: Definition and types of goal line technology:

The possible introduction of goal line technology has been hotly debated for some time. I will endeavour to...
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