Two weeks ago, I wrote about how instant replay can help improve the game of soccer. It seems that my request was heard, because Gianni Infantino chose to advance technological innovation in soccer.
How it works
Tests will initially be in private before moving to a live-phase with replay assistance by 2017-2018 season at the latest, according to the International Football Association Board. 13 leagues or associations, including Major League Soccer, the Bundesliga, and the English Football Association, have already expressed an interest in hosting the tests.
There will now be a video assistant referee given access to replay monitors and will review actions wither on the request or the referee or by alerting referees to close calls and uncertain incidents. A large, multi-camera operation will now be required for games where video assistance is used rather than the three cameras that are normally used.
The use of video replay would be restricted to ruling on whether a goal has been scored, a penalty should be awarded, a player should be sent off, or a case of mistaken identity. The International Football Association Board rejected allowing coaches to have appeals where videos of incidents could be examined.
The pro-replay side of the argument is ecstatic. Since we have the techonology, they believe that it is time that it is finally put to use. Some soccer uses goal-line technology, why not expand that? However, others feel that FIFA is moving too fast to embrace instant replay. Some people feel that instant replay technology is being forced and moving far to fast without even finishing all the details. Some fans also feel that there is a possibility that it could stop play, or “spoil the fluidity or beauty of the game.”
In my opinion, I believe that this is a great move for FIFA and for soccer as a whole. Even though it takes some of the human element out of the officiating, it ensures that the correct call will be made. There will not be as many wrong calls, and each game will be as fair as possible.
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