Soccer’s international governing body might still be rejecting pleas to allow technology to help referees award goals if it weren’t for Frank Lampard.
The English midfielder’s famous shot in a 2010 World Cup match against Germany crossed the goal line by a yard after ricocheting off the underside of the crossbar.
But neither of the officials who could have awarded the goal saw what replays later made obvious, making the goal-that-could-have-been a seminal moment in the world’s most popular sport. England lost the game 4-1.
The ensuing embarrassment heaped upon FIFA led its president to finally accept the virtues of what it now calls goal-line technology.
FIFA finally came to a decision after years of testing more than 10 solutions. In April, it picked a little-known German system, GoalControl–4D, to aid officials during the eight-nation Confederations Cup, which is happening now, and the 2014 World Cup.
The system relies on 14 high-speed cameras, a powerful computer and some old tech — a digital wristwatch worn by the referee.Downtime,Tech Culture