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Our first major look at goal-line technology on TV, and it’s glorious

Jun 30, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

FIFA for some reason couldn’t decide whether it was Davide Astori or Alessandro Diamanti who scored Italy’s opening goal against Uruguay in the Confederations Cup.

So they went to their back pocket to check the shiny new toy they’ve acquired…goal-line technology.

And it was an amazing event. As ESPN color commentator Alejandro Moreno said after it was used, “I feel like I should stand up and applaud.”

ESPN showed the hawkeye-esque view of goal-line technology following halftime, which confirmed the goal did indeed belong to Astori, although it was closer than many would have anticipated.


The technology showed the flight path of the ball (first image) and then froze it at the moment Astori kicked it in (second image).  You can clearly see the ball at the point of Astori’s touch was not completely over the line, giving him the first international goal of his career.

How have they waited so long to bring this into the game of soccer????

It’s immediately answered the question at hand, which had no bearing on the match itself, but still required a second look.

If this is the future of this new-found gift from the gods, it has a bright future in the sport.  I look forward to having the availability of such a simple yet crucial item at the disposal of the referee.

Lots of credit to ESPN as well for getting access to the technology and making use of it, it greatly advanced the broadcast.

  1. jrocknstuff - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Would have been nice to have in Philadelphia yesterday, but as Taylor Twellman just said it costs MLS $260,000 per stadium and over $33,000 per game.

    • mvktr2 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      I get the $260,000 price tag (equipment/infrastructure investment) even though I’m blown away by it, seems cheaper alternatives would be available. However I completely don’t get the $33,000 per match figure? Is the usage fee that high, because I’m apparently missing something. After the equipment is in place wouldn’t the only cost be administrative relative to operating said equipment, an operator can’t be paid that well… oh and the cost of electricity. ????

  2. chunkala - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Goal-line technology, also known as “a lot of cameras.” Good to see another major sport adopting some sort of replay, which only enhances the game. One question of that goal, I only saw the replay briefly but didnt the ball carom of the post then the goalie? And since the goal was going to go in anyway, couldnt it been an own goal?

  3. jrocknstuff - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    I didn’t understand the $33,000 figure either, but it wasn’t explained. It really does seem high.

    As far as it being an own goal, according to FIFA rules a ball that hits the post and then the keeper and goes in isn’t considered an own goal. Had it gone in after it had hit the keeper the goal would have gone to the Italian that took the free kick

  4. chunkala - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Ah, makes sense, thanks for the explanation.

  5. westpalmlion - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Dear fifa..thank you and it’s about 3 years too late.

    Frank Lampard

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