The disallowed Frank Lampard goal in 2010 world cup last-16 match-up between Germany and England still upsets many English fans till this day. Lampard’s goal would’ve turned the tide of the game, putting England back on level terms with Germany with a 2-2 score line. However, that’s not what happened, referee Jorge Larrionda failed to award the goal as it bounced off the underside of the cross bar and crossed the goal line (video at 2:25). The match ended with a 4-1 victory for Germany. There are many other such instances where the referee is left unsure of whether a team has indeed scored a goal. Quite often, referee makes the wrong decision that results in injustice. One other notable incident happened during the 1966 FIFA World Cup final between England and West Germany, what you know, but that time, West Germany was the on the receiving end of things.
Incidents like these prompted FIFA to push for the implementation of goal-line technology. The use of sensors and cameras to help aid the referee’s decision on questionable goals. Since 2012, goal-line technology has been gradually introduced into top-flight European domestic league competitions such as Serie A, La Liga, and English Premier League. however, due to the cost of installation and maintenance, most low-level clubs are not able to afford this technology. According to FIFA’s official report, as of the start of 2016-17 season, there are 78 clubs with FIFA certified goal-line technology installation across Europe. Similar to goal-line technology, just of recently, Video-Assisted Referee (VAR) has been slowly introduced to the game. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup marked the first use of this technology in a major international tournament.
However, the futbol community is very divided when it comes to introducing new technology into the game. Many have criticized that these technology will take away the human aspect of the game. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has openly criticized the new technology by saying what makes futbol fascinating and beautiful is the uncertainty and debate in the game and with the implementation of new technology, these elements of the game will eventually die out. As Langdon Winner pointed out in Technologies as forms of life: “As we ‘make things work,’ what kind of world are we making.” So what do you think of the use of technology in futbol. Does it bring change for the better or worse?