We’re all completely pumped up, and have got the adrenaline running through our blood for this years FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Video-assisted referees will be tested out this year, and it’s caused a great deal of controversy, with people having all kinds of feelings about it. The regular referees together with his team of assistants will still be there, however each game will also have one video assistant referee, as well as three assistants and four replay operators sitting in a booth in Russia.
They will have access to an entire 33 cameras to decide what is most fair in close call situations, and will have the power to decide if the ball really did cross the goal line, if it was really a penalty, if a foul was truly worthy of a red card and if the wrong player was accused for something.
It sounds rather fair, right? Well, for extremely passionate soccer fans across the globe, they aren’t so happy. Yelling at the TV screen for a bad call pretty much makes up the entire World Cup experience. Any changes in the sensitive process will be seen with no shorter of anger from fans.
Their complaints are not completely without reason too. The technology failed in 2017 when it did not catch an offside before a goal that changed the entire game. There’s also the challenge of sending the information to the referees out on the field, which can drag the game on.
But what can we do? Human referees are far from perfect as well. No human has got completely perfect 360 degree vision.
So what’s your take?