The move to introduce goal line technology is gathering momentum.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that the issue will now be on the agenda of the Annual Business Meeting of the International FA Board in Cardiff in October.

This is a U-turn since FIFA called a halt to all experiments with goal line technology at the AGM of the IFAB in March 2010. Since then, however, Frank Lampard’s high profile disallowed goal for England in the World Cup Round of 16 matches with Germany has brought the matter into the headlines again.

AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam has recently voiced his support for the use of technology and also given his backing to the use of an extra assistant on each goal line. UEFA President, Michel Platini, also supports goal line technology and has long been an advocate of the introduction of extra assistants which will be tested this season in all the major UEFA competitions.

I think goal line technology will be introduced sooner rather than later. Maybe more accurately I should say that goal line technology will be permitted if requested.

Why the distinction?

Very simply – expense.

The cost of installation and maintenance will put it out of reach of most leagues and national competitions. I believe it will be used in some major FIFA tournaments and in some confederation tournaments but not all.

The technology does seem to be near to meeting the requirements of the International FA Board in that it must send a signal directly to the referee whenever the ball crosses the goal line, either on the ground or in the air.

The extra assistant experiment also has the problem of being very expensive in certain tournaments. In Asia, for example the cost of bringing six match officials from Australia to Qatar for a match and other similar appointments would place a great strain on tournament budgets.

UEFA is the richest confederation and would be able to afford the additional costs involved but in Europe there are shorter distances involved.

It may be that both systems will eventually be allowed and for national competitions, the extra assistant will be a cheaper and therefore more attractive alternative since it avoids the cost of installing goal line technology and the cost of appointing two extra local officials will be less prohibitive.

High profile tournaments such as the World Cup may use both but cost may still be a determining factor.

Video replays also?


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