Sepp Blatter Announces Major Rule Change For Fifa In 2015

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014 | 0

Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced today that a ground breaking new rule change for Fifa will be trialled in 2015, that will allow coaches to refer to TV replays in order to challenge referee’s decisions. The change has been talked about for years in football, and is already an existing part of NFL, Rugby, Tennis and many other mainstream professional sports. Perhaps 2015 will be the year that Fifa finally decide it’s time for football to get with the times….


Blatter, now aged 78, announced the huge change via video link in Manchester today:

“We can try in a youth competition, an Under-20, like next year when we are in New Zealand. It can only be done where there is television coverage of all the matches. Coaches would have the right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision but only when the game is stopped. There must be a television monitor but by the television company and not by another referee. And then the referee and the coach, they will go then to look, and then the referee may change his mind, as it is the case in tennis, for instance.”

This is huge news for a sport that has been riddled with bad decisions in recent years, made even more apparent by the use of video replays by the broadcasters.

Imagine a world where referees have less power to ruin a game with their sometimes terrible decisions. So many times the officiating has led to a direct change to an incredible fixture, it has sent teams home from world cups, and crushed the hopes of fans worldwide.

It can only be a positive that the world of football is going to trial VT challenges in the next year. I’m challenged to find many negatives about the new technology coming in, aside from perhaps games running over their allotted time?

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