State Of The Game: EPL Will Use GLT For 2013-14 Season

The 2013-14 season of the English Premiere League will mark the first time that England’s top flight will use goal line technology in every single match. The 20 EPL all voted last Thursday 4/11, and the majority of clubs chose to go with British goal line technology company Hawk-Eye, which uses a series of cameras to essentially show the referees instant replay of any questionable goal-line calls (Click here for the full article).

This announcement comes just days after FIFA announced it would be using GLT for the Confederations Cup 2013 and the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. However, the world’s football governing body chose to go with German-based company, GoalControl Gmbh, which also uses a series of high-speed cameras, like Hawk-Eye.

Recent GLT deals seeming to be a trend, a recent interview with La Liga chief executive Francisco Roca, Reuters revealed that the Spanish top tier is also looking to employ the technology, but not just yet. Roca stated that he would not only look to use the technology to assist referees in close goal-line calls but also to help with offsides as well. (Click here for the full article).

As common sense as the utilization of GLT might seem, there are those that oppose it – and not just your average fans of the game. UEFA president Michel Platini has long voiced his opinion against the use of GLT. As a result, even though the EPL will use Hawk-Eye in every league match, the cameras will have to be turned off for any Champions League or Europa League fixtures.

A common opposition bases its argument on the fact that the use of GLT would require stoppage of play to allow the referees ample time to review, thus disrupting the flow of the match and detracting from the way it was meant to be played, and viewed. Point well taken, and yes, it’s a valid one. However, do the dives and Oscar-worthy languishing on the ground not also disrupt the flow of the beautiful game and detract from its heritage? GLT would do so with the intent to ensure fairness and equality for both teams, taking some of the subjectivity of the critical match-deciding calls. Now I ask do those that are notorious divers have the same honorable intentions?

I applaud the EPL, FIFA, and all other football organizations that seek to make the game better by employing GLT in their matches. It’s high time football joined the 21st century, and hopefully it’s used in the right manner and serves to make the game I love even more beautiful – by making sure critical calls are truly accurate.

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