Arsene Wenger on Goal Line Technology

After years of goal line injustices on the grandest stages of Football, we’re finally on the brink of seeing goal line technology in world Football. Granted, with new technology, will come new opinions and thus new problems. But I’m hoping that we will at least be able to determine if a team has or has not scored a goal. Surely that’s got to be top of the agenda for Football bosses and fans alike?

Sepp Blatter, who is Fifa President (I know, I can’t say it with a straight face either) has said: “That [Lampard goal] was the moment for me to say, ‘You can’t afford for something similar to happen in the next World Cup’. Although, it must be said, these comments have only been made following the goal line fiasco we saw at this year’s Euro 2012 tournament.

The Professor himself was asked about goal line technology just last year. Here’s what he had to say:

Pretty clear & concise stuff from Arsene. We need it and we need it now. Some of the main arguments against goal line technology is that the pace of the game will be compromised, and the flow disrupted. But with the technological speed being produced nowadays, is speed really an issue? I’ve seen officials debate for over a minute when a decision is unclear. However, watching a replay for example would be over in seconds. A sentiment me & Mr Wenger apparently share.

[title]So When’s The Big Day?[/title]

Okay so we’re getting close, but when exactly are we going to see goal line technology at the Emirates? Some are saying it could be as early as this coming Christmas, whilst the more conservative of commentators has said we’ll probably have to wait until the 2013/2014 season. Alex Horne, the FA general secretary, stated:

“It may be December until the technology is absolutely finally approved and installed in stadia,” he said at a press conference in Zurich. “Priority is given to the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan.

“The Premier League need to talk to the two [technology providers] and the clubs. My understanding is that clubs are supportive and, in principle, as long as all clubs agree it could be introduced part-way through the season – it could be before the start of 2013-14 season, it could be part-way through.

“We have already got Hawk-Eye at Wembley. It needs to be calibrated and make sure it’s working properly and licensed so we are nearly there and we could turn it on quite quickly.”
To summarise, there are two companies offering two slightly different types of goal line technology last year

So, to summarise, it looks like it will be ready for December, but only for trials at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan. Great. But what’s this about two different technologies Mr Horne?

[title]Hawk Eye Vs GoalRef[/title]

Two companies have put forward two different technologies to combat the goal line issue, Hawk Eye & GoalRef. Despite sounding like football style Pokemons, they could well be the driving force for moving Football forward across the world. Here’s a brief description of how they both work.

Hawk Eye works by using six cameras, focusing on each goal, to track the ball on the pitch. The system’s software then uses “triangulation” to pinpoint the exact location of the ball. If it crosses the goal-line an encrypted radio signal is sent to the referee’s wristwatch to indicate a goal has been scored. The whole process takes under 1 second from start to finish. Not bad.

The competitor, GoalRef, uses a specially made microchip implanted in the ball and the use of low magnetic waves around the goal. The system then detects any change in the magnetic field on or behind the goal-line to determine if a goal has been scored. Again, it’s all electronically relayed to the referee’s watch in about 1 second. So much for slowing the pace of the game down eh?

They both seem to get the job done. Obviously the one which offers more value for money for clubs and Football Associations will be the eventual winner. It won’t really affect the average football fan stuffing his face with an overpriced, mustard covered hot dog.

[title]What Do You Think?[/title]

It’s over to you now. Do you think goal line technology is the way forward? Or has Mr Wenger got it wrong, again? Share your views in the comments section below, or head over to our Arsenal Forum.

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