Here in Brazil, considered by many to be the spiritual home of football, a real line in the sand is set to be drawn in the next couple of weeks. No more will there be doubts about whether or not a goal is scored. The 2014 World Cup will go down as the first to use goal-line technology.
GoalControl system uses seven cameras per goal. The cameras are mounted on the catwalk, so we have them mounted in a half of a circle around each goal. And the cameras are high-speed cameras. They take up to 500 pictures a second. And once their ball has crossed the goal line, or the plane of the goal, there is a radio signal created and it's sent to the referee's watch.
Whilst the English Premier League have introduced the Hawk-Eye system, FIFA have opted for GoalControl. It's the same system that was trialed successfully at last year's Confederations Cup here in Brazil.
And the crucial moments will involve this. Every match official will be wearing one of these special watches, which will be told, in less than a second, whether or not a goal has been scored. There's no doubt this is a huge step for football's biggest competition, and one that is long overdue.
It's a bit late for World Cup, to be honest. But I sure think that this technology can help the referees in determining whether there is a goal or not.
It's so simple and it exists. Why don't you use it? So now they're using it. Been a long time before the Salvadoran Second Division makes an investment in it, but I'm sure Frank Lampard would approve.
But one of the major criticisms of using goal-line technology is that it takes the professional game too far away from the games played in parks and on beaches across the world. If this technology makes the difference between Brazil winning or losing their record sixth World Cup though, you suspect the locals won't mind.
Amanda Davies, CNN, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- 「以...為人記錄、紀念」- Go Down As
The 2014 World Cup will go down as the first to use goal-line technology.
- 「選擇」- Opt For
Whilst the English Premier League have introduced the Hawk-Eye system, FIFA have opted for GoalControl.
- 「影響、產生差異」- Make The Difference
If this technology makes the difference between Brazil winning or losing their record six World Cup though, you suspect the locals won't mind.