The current “big” talk of the World Cup is will FIFA implement instant replays or some kind of goal-line technology to improve referee errors, I don’t know about y’all, but I have been very disappointed in this World Cup’s officiating. This is by far the worse officiated major soccer tournament I have ever seen. Even though it has been poorly officiated, I still do not believe instant replay/challenges should be implemented into soccer.
I am sure many of you will disagree with me, but the beauty of soccer is the constant “non-stoppage” of play. Soccer is the only sport where there isn’t constant challenges, TV timeouts or other stoppages in play barring injuries. I don’t think stopping play for replays is the way to do it. It has been like this since soccer begun, there is no need to make changes like these. I believe there are other ways to improve refereeing.
I believe we can improve refereeing for the World Cup by using more officials. There has been many complains for offsides calls this tournament, and I think we can use a total of four linesmen instead of two. This way, each linesmen wouldn’t have to run the length of the field and each of them should be in position to make the correct calls. The reason why these calls were missed is because the sideline flags men were out of position. This should never happen at the World Cup, but miscalls happen for a reason.
Not only can adding more sideline flags men improve goal-line calls but also the use of sensors on the goal-line. If hockey can use them, then why not soccer. This will surely help detect if the ball crosses over the line. And please don’t tell me this can’t be done…..it’s 2010, hell we probably already have the cure to AIDS behind those locked doors.
The point of this is to express my opinions towards using replay in soccer. I am against all replays. Yes, some calls are missed but that’s what makes this sport special. I also think teams need to stop using this bad calls as an excuse. Great teams overcome adversity.
A Second Opinion
Not everyone watches world cup soccer in the US just because it’s not that popular. However, if you were to ask anyone what happened against Slovenia at the end, it would get people in a frenzy. In the 86th minute after the USA made a spectacular comeback to tie the game 2-2, Landon Donovan crossed a free kick in where Maurice Edu tapped in the go ahead goal. However, referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed the goal after a phantom call. Watching the replay, everyone and their parents could see clearly that Slovenian players were bear-hugging US players to the ground. If anything, people felt there should have been a penalty kick. While it almost cost the US a spot in the knockout stages, people seemed to move on past it as soccer has shrugged off suggestions of technology as it interferes with the purity of soccer. However, this wasn’t the last example we can use.
On this past Sunday, 2 calls yet again defied human logic and ended up costing 2 teams the chance to advance. In the early game, England was making a comeback on Germany and had the game close at 1-2. Frank Lampard ripped a beautiful shot that hit the top post and bounced a yard in the goal line before the goalie grabbed it and acted like nothing happen. Everyone saw this except for the refs involved who the let the game play on. What would have been the equalizer sparked England to go into sever attack mode and made them completely susceptible to the counter-attack which is how Germany scored their last 2 goals to destroy England 4-1. Later that afternoon, Mexico encountered the same fate as England. In their game, they were playing Argentina and Messi floated a pass to Carlos Tevez who was offsides by a good 3 yards. The refs discussed it and still didn’t overturn it.
Would these correct calls of made the difference? It’s hard to say. Mexico and England were clearly out-played. However, something has to be done. I’m fine with soccer not relying on technology because it would slow the game down severely. Hell, they don’t even stop the clock; can you imagine if they had to look at replays? It would destroy soccer as we know it. It’s perfect for stop-and-go sport like football, but it has no place on the pitch. The sport is just as old as baseball which rarely relies on replay. I’m all for adding extra refs and in fact Josh and I realized we had the same idea this evening when we both discussed our next posts on xbox live. 2 sideline refs per side would make life easier for the refs and would let them focus on the game more. I originally thought of having a goal line ref, but a stray shot hitting a ref could spell disaster. Something has to be done and adding extra refs would preserve the historical aspect and also make it more efficient. To error is human after all.