Goal-line technology could be introduced in the Premier League as early as 2012-2013. Having stressed the importance of technology in football in the past, I’m obviously chuffed to see actions being taken.
A question of disconnect?
Having already written a post about options using technology in football available (I’m all for nicking what rugby and American Football have done with video ref’s, by the way), I have been questioned by a few people as to whether the elite level game will become disconnected from the lower leagues. This is something that I’d not thought about in any detail and it’s actually a really good question.
Of course, you only need a ball to play football, this is what makes the game so accessible, and it’s the same basic gear whether you’re Sunday league or Premiership. If the Premiership game gets some form of goal-line technology then will it somehow separate the game for the first time ever? And, does it matter?
The stark reality
For me, the reality is that the game is already very different depending on the level played,that much is obvious, even from purely a monetary perspective. The consequence of lady luck shining on the wrong team that bothers me, with so much at stake (income specifically) at the higher level. It’s not acceptable for us to be in the dark ages of human error any longer.
I don’t see that rugby league is disconnected due to tech in their game, for example Super League having video ref’s vs amateur or semi-pro level. The game remains the game. I’d still argue that the money, media, attention and technology should increase in relation to each other – the technology is there to prevent costly mistakes, where it can be afforded.
What say you?