The Effects Of Sporting Events On Soccer 2010

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The stadium was shaking with the thunderous cheers of fans supporting their countries. The excitement grew as coaches gave last minute instructions to their players. The kick off of the 1966 World Cup, held in England, in which Germany versed England, was moments away. The whistle blew and the match was on. The first ninety minutes of the match were an exciting battle and the game ended in a 0-0 score; on to overtime! According to an article written Zoe Doherty “During the final, with eleven minutes gone in extra time, Alan Ball crossed to George Hurst whose subsequent shot cannoned off the underside of the goal and down either just on or over the goal line. The goal was controversially allowed, and its validity is still questioned to this day.” (Goal line technology in soccer 2010) Controversy has always played a major role in the officiating of sporting events since the official’s decisions are based upon their judgments and observations. Maybe in 1966 that had to be the case, but today, thanks to modern technology, that’s not so. Rather than relying solely on their personal observations to determine a call, soccer officials are now being assisted by goal line technology, a tool to assist them making their official rulings during a game. According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, known as FIFA, which is the international governing body of the association of soccer, goal line technology is, “A technical means of instantly determining
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