The Introduction of Technology in Soccer Will Change the Image of the Game.

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The Introduction of Technology in soccer will Change the image of the game.

Some years ago, no one would think of ever having to play or watch something at their own time. Soccer used to be watched live and wrong decisions made by referees were the talk of the day. Today, officials are now assisted with headsets to communicate with their assistants making decision making a little easier. However, after different modifications to soccer have been made, another suggestion that has been thought of for quite a long time is still being debated, although it may now be a reality soon. The football governing body, FIFA, and many football fanatics are currently focusing on whether the ideas of using video replays and goal line technology (putting
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Soccer should not have long stoppages which would ruin the flow of a match and allow for unusually long periods of rest for a team, which can affect tactics. (USSF Ref, 2006) Nathan Saunders writes about the comments made by the former England manger, Sven Goran Eriksson on his blog at MySA. Eriksson suggested a timeout per half, which Saunders describes as “awful”. “Frankly, I think this is just an awful suggestion. Sven wants to give players better rest and have better opportunities to make substitutions. In my book, stamina and fitness are two characteristics that make soccer one of the most athletic of sports. I just don't think these guys need a break”. “It might also be that I object to the word "timeout." If I wanted to see commercials, I'd watch an NBA or NFL game.”

Former English referee Graham Barber also stresses the same point in an interview with Alan Biggs on Guardian unlimited, “English football is an exciting product because of the way the game is played. It is the fastest and most physical football in the world. That is why people love to watch it. What effect would it have on the product if we introduced stoppages for video playbacks? I think the game would become a turn-off.” Like Saunders and Graham express their fury and dissatisfaction, I don’t think many soccer fans and players would want these kinds of interruptions to the game.

Waste of time

In addition to the above is waste of time. This is one of the issues soccer doesn’t want to have.

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