FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called for the creation of a task force charged with making the next World Cup “more attractive” than the last. FIFA’s primary concern is that of ‘quality’. When the most exciting moment of a tournament is when a particularly gifted octopus predicts the outcome of the final, you know it’s a pretty poor World Cup. And let there be no mistake about that.
This post first appeared on soccerlens, and was reproduced here after its publication by the author: chrisutd07
Sports have evolved over time. They’ve morphed from local clubs into global obsessions. Whether we like it or not, they’ve become businesses involving 20-something millionaires, multi-million dollar sponsorships, foreign investors, Middle-Eastern Consortiums and lucrative TV deals. The results of these games (among other things) now have increasingly high monetary consequences, which places more importance on the results than ever before.
In addition, players have become bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic. Most leagues realize this. To this end, officiating has evolved with their respective sports. Instant-replay technology is now used in virtually all the major sports around the world. The NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL use it to varying degrees, but with great success. Cricket, rugby and tennis have also enjoyed the benefits of using technology to verify or challenge a call.
It’s long overdue for soccer. FIFA, UEFA, Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and whoever else needs to come to terms with the fact that the sport is changing. Therefore, the officiating must change as well. The sooner, the better.