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Should instant replay be allowed in soccer matches?

Tracee Hamilton calls for FIFA to bring instant replay into soccer matches in her column today. Do you agree?

By Jodi Westrick  |  June 29, 2010; 10:14 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Appears 15% so far on poll know the only way the teams win that they like cheat.
Of course it should have instant replay.

Accepting cheating as part of the game is so backwards and stupid. Disgusting. It shows acceptance of corruption in business and government in those cultures that like that.

Posted by: Elisa2 | June 30, 2010 5:37 AM

Lets fix baseball first.

Posted by: mcpd1 | June 30, 2010 6:49 AM

Allow electronic replays only at the goal line for balls going over the line and for off sides calls - and only at high level international matches. Any other use on the field would make soccer a totally different game - would slow it down like American football and take hours for games to be completed.

Posted by: welhvrl | June 30, 2010 7:01 AM

I'm pretty sure FIFA's argument against video replay is not keeping the flow of the game, it's too insure the "universality" of soccer. I hated seeing those blown calls this week but I can kind of understand this argument. The fact that all you need to play soccer like the pros is a field, a ball, 22 players, and 3 refs, that makes soccer special. That's why it's so popular around the world. You don't need all the crazy technology you need to play american football like they do in the NFL. FIFA wants pro soccer and amateur soccer to be played the same way, which I think is commendable.

Having said that they should add 2 more refs on the field. Maybe at least 2 goal judges. Amateur leagues can deal with that.

Can't wait for Argentina v Germany.

Posted by: smt123 | June 30, 2010 7:11 AM

For Soccer to enjoy wider popularity, these "fake fouls" (think the red card against Brazil's Kaka), and "unseen goals" (think the U.S.A.)have to be subject to review. One referee to oversee 22 players and the goal posts is inadequate.Lets bring this great game, with all its 3rd World popularity into a World Class modernity.

Posted by: RichFromTampa | June 30, 2010 8:05 AM

We live in a world where we can chat face-to-face with people continents away from us, track our cars, children, and pets with devices you can fit in your hand, and broadcast our every thought, whim, and fart to the world. Of course FIFA should adopt 20th-century technology!

Of course, if they're smart about it, they can limit the use of instant replay so that the pace of the game doesn't become ridiculously slow (like baseball is even without replay) and they should. If used properly, instant replay could give all teams more incentive to play cleaner games and boost their players' skills. The introduction of one form of technology to developing nations could start a chain reaction that might even help them catch up with the rest of us--technologically, educationally, and economically.

A sentimental attachment to the good ol' days is impractical and unrealistic when the game inspires so many, even to the point of riots.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | June 30, 2010 8:54 AM

The concept is appealing on the surface, but the implementation could destroy the game and turn it into some horrible succession of legalistic disputes. Who wants to watch 90 minutes of play and 50 minutes of interruptions? If it's done, it would have to be done in a way that doesn't get out of hand.

Turning referees into full-time professionals might be a better way to improve the game. While players and coaches are fully committed to their careers, current World Cup refs are dentists, schoolteachers, wholesale merchants, preachers, etc Nothing wrong with those other careers, but the stakes are different for someone who works only part-time.

Posted by: alarico | June 30, 2010 9:16 AM

"I'm pretty sure FIFA's argument against video replay insure the 'universality' of soccer."

This is my understanding too, and it's a pitiful argument. Plenty of leagues play with only one ref for cost or manpower issues, or two refs who take paths more like linesmen but are both on the field and each have a whistle. Then there's the fact that high level games like the World Cup have an *extra* official for substitutions and bench management, one that isn't present at most levels.

High schools still play American foorball without the NFL's instant replay system, and the only difference in "universality" is that there are more mistakes by the refs (along with more mistakes by the players, of course.) FIFA can make restricted use of instant replay an *optional* part of the game without risking that a whole bunch of kids will quit playing soccer because it's not exactly the same as the game they see on TV.

Posted by: hbc1 | June 30, 2010 10:14 AM

Ensure, not insure. FIFA is not GEICO.

Posted by: davecheeney | June 30, 2010 10:22 AM

why should anyone care?

Posted by: bobtich | June 30, 2010 10:37 AM

No one wants their team to win or lose because of a bad call. Nor do they want their star player to be sent off the field for a bad call. But I think soccer fans would like it even less if every mis-timed tackle, every borderline contact, and every unintentional handball required a realtime review on the spot. I don't see how you can say this would not destroy the flow of the game.

I think we are forgetting the flipside of this alternative - not every challenged call is going to be wrong. For every bad call a coach wants challenged, I imagine there will be 4 or 5 good calls he would want reviewed too.

Imagine the final in a major tournament. With the stakes so high, as a coach, how could you not challenge every call you didn't like? That's not a game I would want to watch.

Moreover, accidents do happen. You have highly trained athletes running at each other at full speed making split second decisions. One player clips another's heels and he has a terrible spill: free kick, yellow, red, or none of the above? Does intention play into it? Has the ref warned him before? Was there an injury? Is it in the final third of the field where one team was in position to score? I would rather have a person in the context of the game making that call rather than someone in a video booth with a rule book.

I think the best compromise was one already suggested above. Add another ref or two to monitor the goals with an eye for offside players and odd bounces in or our of the net. Or introduce goal-line laser technology. A light could alert the ref and linesmen that the ball has indeed crossed the line: no challenges, no disagreements, just fact.

Posted by: P-Funk2002 | June 30, 2010 12:18 PM

Why are some posting here assuming that FIFA has to/will implement instant replay in exactly the same over-zealous fashion that other professional league sports are??

Seems to me that some opponents of instant replay in soccer are giving great thought to their answers, but based on impulsive interpretations of the question.


Posted by: EdgewoodVA | July 5, 2010 8:57 AM

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