This article focused on FIFA’s ambitions for the 2014 World Cup. For the most recent World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA made major updates in goal line technology and aimed to advance football significantly in terms of precision and fairness. The update in goal line means that officials will now be able to accurately and infallibly determine if the ball was officially in the goal and if it should be officially counted.
This update to FIFA is revolutionary to the football community and its worldwide following. FIFA claims that this new goal line technology, named “GoalControl,” ensures accuracy with, “14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, with seven cameras focusing on each goalmouth” (FIFA). This allows for the ball to be continuously captured in 3D and therefore be accurately tracked. The technology allows for a 360 degree view of the ball and the goal post by placing camera in front of and behind the home and away teams goal posts. In order to confirm the accuracy of GoalControl, numerous tests were conducted. These tests were so thorough that they were even able to measure to the exact millimeter of the ball and to the exact moment that the ball crosses the goal line. When there is a goal scored, the referees with get immediate results to a personal watch that alerts them of GoalControl's report.
In a similar article referring to the anticipated outcomes of this technology, FIFA upholds the success and accuracy of GoalControl. According to FIFA, GoalControl technology was used in every single match throughout the World Cup. FIFA stated, “Besides being decisive in the awarding of a goal during the match between France and Honduras, it assisted the match officials in making close calls on several further occasions” (FIFA). This technology ensured accuracy within every game in the World Cup and pursued impartiality within the game of football. This article stated that this technology was crucial in many hotly contested games throughout the World Cup, specifically in the match of Costa Rica versus Italy.
Not only did this help the referee officials determine the accuracy, but also allowed viewers watching at home to see the technology in action. Due to GoalControl, audiences were able to see the goals more precisely. GoalControl technology undoubtedly helps to prevent foul play and unfair practices during football matches.
I believe that this article lacked information on this technology’s progress since the World Cup. I would have liked to see not only how the technology has improved the game of football but how the game continues to evolve in terms of new technology.