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IFAB to discuss video technology in football

23 December 2015
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The potential use of video technology in football is to be debated at an upcoming International Football Association Board meeting.

The IFAB, which consists of the four British associations and four from FIFA, the sport’s independent body, and is responsible for debating, defining and amending laws.

Video technology is not currently used in football but has been debated before after repeated controversy within the sport.

Hawk-Eye’s SMART Replay technology was used in the most recent Rugby World Cup to strengthen the accuracy and efficiency of the Television Match Official (TMO) decision-making process, while providing support for medics in the area of identifying and reviewing head impacts.

The technology gives access to simultaneous multiple angle replays in real-time and slow motion along with zoom-functionality delivered by Hawk-Eye’s SMART Replay technology.

The system also delivers benefits to the citing and judicial process as well as delivering additional angles for team review and preparation between matches.

Hawk-Eye’s SMART Replay is already used in a number of sports including baseball, athletics, horse racing, football, badminton, volleyball and Australian Rules football. It works by recording all broadcast angles in real time and making this content available immediately.

Football took a technological step in 2013 when a toned-down version of Hawk-Eye – used only for goal line decisions – was approved for use in the Premier League from the start of the 2013-14 season. The equipment is used to determine whether the ball has crossed the line.

A trial of full video technology by the Dutch FA (KNVB) has been on hold since February.

Earlier in the year, the KNVB said its findings suggested an average of two or three defining incidents per game are suitable for video referral, with final decisions likely possible within five to 20 seconds.

The KNVB went on to say it would only be used for decisions involving penalties, fouls before goals and red cards.


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