Hawk-Eye may just be only the start…

I am in favour of this move but surely it is too little too late.

As a referee I would have loved to have the technology to confirm a goal has been scored and former colleagues agree.

However, in the 380 matches in last season’s Premier League this Goal Decision System would have altered just three decisions.

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Technology: If the ball goes over the line then it will flash up on the match officials' watchesTechnology: If the ball goes over the line then it will flash up on the match officials’ watches

 

Offside goals, penalties and free-kicks not given will remain unchanged. 

As will all decisions in the Championship and below.

We will still witness scores of errors which could, with other technology, be eliminated.

A new era: Goal-line technology will be used in the Premier League next season, with the Hawk-Eye system installed at every groundA new era: Goal-line technology will be used in the Premier League next season, with the Hawk-Eye system installed at every ground

Offside is one example. At times it comes down to the opinion of the match official. However, there are occasions when a player is indisputably offside and scores.

Replays could stop those goals being given. Penalties are also awarded when replays can prove the offence took place outside the penalty area.

FIFA shied away from technology for years, fearing its introduction would be like opening Pandora’s box. 

Having accepted officials can be helped, they must expect the clamour for more technology. It is inevitable.

 

What a view: A Hawk-Eye camera focuses on a goal at the EmiratesWhat a view: A Hawk-Eye camera focuses on a goal at the Emirates

 

Hawk-Eye inventor Dr Paul Hawkins (left), FA general secretary Alex Horne (middle) and Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore (right) speak at the launchHawk-Eye inventor Dr Paul Hawkins (left), FA general secretary Alex Horne (middle) and Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore (right) speak at the launch

 

It's a goal: Referee Taylor (wearing watch) displays what officials will see when the ball crosses the lineIt’s a goal: Referee Taylor (wearing watch) displays what officials will see when the ball crosses the line

Answers: View inside the Goal Decision System truckAnswers: View inside the Goal Decision System truck

 

EYE ON HAWK-EYE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

THE NAME

While cricket has DRS, football now has GDS. Hawkeye’s system will be known as the ‘goal decision system’.

THE COST

£250,000 per ground, spread over the four years, plus unspecified operational costs each season. The fee is paid for by each individual club. 

THE METHOD

When the ball crosses the line an alarm goes off on the referee’s watch. Referees will also get an automated voice-recording of ‘GOAL’ over their headsets if the ball is in. All PGMO Select Group referees are being trained on the new system in time for the new season.

THE REPLAY

The intention is for replays to be shown on the big screen, but not all Premier League grounds have screens. TV audiences will see the usual replays instantaneously, followed by a graphical representation of the ball crossing the line less than 20 seconds later. The cameras used to capture whether the ball is over the line or not work at 320 frames per second.

THE COMPETITION

The system will be used in all 380 Premier League games this season. It will also be used at FA Cup games where the stadiums have the equipment, as well as at Wembley for the Community Shield and England matches.

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