Time to Use Technology to aid the Soccer Referee

FIFA claims that they are ‘powerless to punish the 1998 World Cup winning striker because their rules forbade them to do so if the original misdemeanor was not seen by the match officials.’

For an organization that may demand up to $100million dollars of broadcasting rights from any country for the coming World Cup in South Africa, it is indeed a fiasco to be deemed ‘powerless’ under such circumstances. The truth is that, this type of controversy will not be happening only if FIFA adopted what so many other professional sports has adopted, that’s take advantage of video replay technology to assist their soccer referees to referee their games. Only the best rungs in FIFA and God will know what is keeping the most populous game adopting technology to boost the game.

Many traditional critics argue that refereeing in soccer should remain status quo, so that the human error aspects of the game remain within the game. At the very top, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, is a strong opponent to using any technology to aid the soccer referee. In this modern age, traditional people like Blatter should be replaced to move the sports forward.

In truth, FIFA can be held responsible for all your refereeing controversies that has ensue during the last century. Things got worse in the last two decades after instant video replay technology allow television to broadcast all poor refereeing decisions immediately to the world to see. How will you blame managers, players and fans from becoming enraged if they see a legitimate penalty been denied by soccer referees? Or a poor offside decision by the soccer referee that led to the eventual game winner? Worse, all these refereeing decisions has resulted in real cases of life and death, when referees who made crucial mistakes received death threats and so are forced retire.

Remember Anders Frisk, the soccer referee from Sweden in 2005 following the contentious match between Barcelona and Chelsea in the Champions League? He was forced to quit after some poor decisions made that caused Chelsea to reduce the eventual tie. In his own words, ”it’s not worth carrying on….My safety and the safety of my family goes let me give you. These last few weeks have been the worst of my life.” Soccer lost a very good referee that day. Can we blame him? Or the Jose Morinho who led that publicity assault against his poor performance? 해외축구중계 has got to take a significant portion of the responsibility as well.

The scary thing is that type of anti-referee stuff can be taking shape at the youngest age ranges. Refereeing resources are already tight, and at the lowest and youngest degree of competitive soccer, young players and managers are also learning from what they see on television to openly challenge the soccer referee’s decisions and cause disputes. It is becoming acceptable to lambaste the referee whether he made the proper or wrong call, based on which side you supported. This does not speak well of the game. What type of sportsman ship are we teaching our youths? What type of refereeing standards do we hope to raise if the soccer referees’ job continue to be the loneliest one in the world?

FIFA will always support the soccer referee’s decision, right or wrong. But this sort of backing does not offer practice support for referees at all levels. What referees need can be an understanding from all they are human and that they can make mistakes. If these mistakes could be rectified at the right amount of time in a match through technology and appeals, the footballing crowds won’t become overzealous in condemning poor refereeing standards. Technology allows that to be achieved, but sadly, authority will not. Awaken FIFA, before someone really gets killed because of a poor refereeing decision. It will not come to that stage. Football is really a beautiful game after all.

Jimmy Tong is a Physical Educator for 13 Years in Singapore, with degree in sports science and physical education from Loughborough University in UK. He’s got extensive coaching experience in soccer, floorball and rugby teams in Singapore Schools.He is currently a sports development officer in Singapore schools along with an active contributor of sports training articles to boost sports performance in athletes. He hopes make it possible for people’s success to come by inspiring them with true sports motivational and inspirational stories.