Saturday, March 5, 2011

FIFA making huge decisions on goal-line technology....and snoods.

Earlier today, the President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, met with the IFAB (International Football Association Board) to discuss issues such as goal-line technology and snoods. Just what is a snood? It's basically a headband that players wear around their necks.

Starting July 1st, players won't be allowed to wear their snoods in cold conditions. My guess for this verdict is the....danger. They have a legitimate case. If a player is running, and someone catches his snood, they could be easily pulled down to the ground, suffering an injury. Granted, it hasn't happened yet, but it just might with the roughness of the Premier League. In other fashion news, FIFA will allow players to wear UnderArmour-like pants under their shorts, as long as they match the color of said shorts. 

Also at the meeting, FIFA and the IFAB discuessed goal line technology. They've decided that the technology isn't ready yet, and that testing will continue for another year. The good news is that it WILL be used in Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine. It's good news for many players, as controversial calls about the ball crossing the goal line have been made in recent times. A well known and remembered example is Frank Lampard's disallowed goal during last year's World Cup against Germany.

So, how much progress has this meeting allowed? None. Literally. Still no goal-line cameras or sensors, and FIFA have made more progress as Fashion Police. Lets all hope that Sepp Blatter's reign as the leader of world football will be ended soon.

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