Reasons Why Goal-line Technology is Not a Good Idea
Soccer is an unforgiving sport and I tend to say that a lot. We easily forget the history of the game and the great players that helped advance the sport. At one moment you are the best, the next you are forgotten and sometimes even ridiculed (AKA Kaka). We easily succumb to new players, teams and technologies and quickly except them as the best ever. Then as time passes we find ourselves trying to “make” the sport better than before. All the while forgetting why the sport is so great to begin with. So here are my reasons against Goal-line Technology.
“The humanity, history and equality of the sport is what makes it such a passionate ordeal..”
One reason I love soccer is that it teaches us so many life lessons. In the most simplistic form possible it relates the humanity of the game, “people screw up!”
We might not all be equals in soccer skill, but when stepping onto the pitch we are all on equal ground. No matter where we play or whom we play it is 11 vs 11 for 90-minutes. Anywhere you go in the world the rules and circumstances of the game are the same. A “poor” city league in Los Angeles or Africa is ruled the same as the UEFA Champions League or World Cup. This gives FIFA and the game of soccer some commonality and sense of understanding throughout the world. We are all equal here, and regardless of what happens we are ruled by the same laws everywhere. Will these “poor” leagues be able to afford Goal-line Technology? I doubt it.
I must admit, I get pissed off with referee errors, but changing the fabric of the game and taking out the most romantic quality is not the way to go. Just as romance and love isn’t always perfect; soccer isn’t perfect either. Have you heard the quote, “You must love someone before you can hate them?” With great love for soccer comes the ability to become angry and hate soccer at times. Thus the romanticism of the game begins with ‘love’ and is historically ingrained in a social economic and religious fabrics of the world population be that rich or poor.
Roberto Avey is an ex-soccer player from Brazil. Club, Associação Atlética Ponte Preta in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, 1995-1998 under coach, Francisco da Silva Júnior “Chiquinho." He has since graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas, with a bachelor degree in journalism and helps coach teams in Southern California. Read more