FIFA To Consider Goal Line Tech, But Not Offsides

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has acknowledged that referee mistakes were made and that FIFA will "take on board again the discussion about technology". But he's not going far enough.

Like most American soccer fans, I'm not exactly passionate about the game. I really enjoy watching World Cup, even after the United States has been eliminated, but I haven't seen an MLS game since the very first year when the Kansas City Wizards (never "The Wiz") took the cup or whatever it is that one takes in America. Soccer is a great game to watch, but it's hard to let myself become too enraptured by sport where a fear of improving the game is presented as a fear of technology.

Blatter is saying that goal-line technology may be considered for future World Cups and I suppose that's a start. But miscalled goals aren't the only issue that technology could fix. Cameras and increased communication between the officials could help fix offsides calls without disrupting the precious flow of the game.

Nobody's saying FIFA needs tedious timeouts while refs hide under a blanket to watch an instant replay. But it's the most popular sport in the world. Would it kill them to point a few more eyeballs on the field? Put a radio in the refs' ears? It won't ruin the spirit of the game - it'll sanctify it.

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