It was a goal, it was not a goal. This debate should be eliminated at the Brasil 2014 World Cup
In the last World Cup, there were a few goal controversies that dramatically changed the outcome of the competition. A perfect example is the infamous goal scored by England’s Frank Lampard in the second half the game against Germany. It was incorrectly ruled not to be a goal by the referee, this could have placed the game at a 2-2 score, leaving the match in equilibrium, but that didn’t happen. Germany later went to add two more goals to end the match in a 4-1 victory.
FIFA has now decided to make use of goal-line technology for the Brasil 2014 world cup competition and this should accurately determine what is a goal and what’s not a goal. Some premier league like the BPL already make use of the Hawk-Eye technology for detecting goals.
End of the debate? Was it a goal? The system can verifying without making a mistake, the referee’s special watch will vibrate and flash “GOAL” immediately a ball crosses the goal line.
So what makes up the FIFA 14 World Cup goal-line tech?
A total of fourteen cameras have been hung up in all the 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil. Each of the goal will have seven cameras trained on the goalmouth. The cameras have been designed to recorded 500 images per second, which is digested by a computer to transmit the result to the referee’s special watch within a second of a ball crossing the goal line.
“This is the future,” said Dirk Broichhausen, who heads the German company GoalControl, whose system will be used at the tournament and was demonstrated Monday at Rio’s Maracana stadium.
Already, 2,400 tests have been run in Brazil, the accuracy level is reported to be 100%.
“Most of the time the referee doesn’t have the best vantage point for his decision — goal or no goal,” said Johannes Holzmuller, who heads a FIFA program that helped implement the technology. “The same applies for normal TV cameras.”
He said the human eye could record only 16 “frames” per second. This is definitely no match for the GoalControl system which has been designed to record 500 frames per second.
Additionally, the developers also confirmed that even if several of its seven cameras were blocked by players, the system was still going to be effective. And it is also not prone to hacking, so the issue of manipulation the system is completely off. The system works off-line and trying to hack into it via the web space would be a complete waste of time.
That’s about it. What is a goal? The referee’s special watch has the answer.