IFAB Puts Goal-line Technology On Ice
At its Annual General Meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland on 8 March, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) decided to put goal-line technology on ice and to stop all related tests until further notice. The human aspect of the football game, the universality of the Laws of the Game, as well as the simplicity and efficiency of the technology were all matters taken into consideration. The IFAB also approved a proposal from FIFA to conduct an experiment involving two additional assistant referees who will mainly focus on fouls and misconduct in the penalty area. The competition in which this test will be conducted will be decided at a later date.
The Board also discussed a proposal from the Scottish FA regarding the use of post-match video evidence to sanction football simulation. Although the suggestion was not approved, the IFAB members agreed that simulation is an act of cheating which must be intensively fought and sanctioned during the game and that all member associations would be encouraged to do so. Furthermore, a proposal submitted by The FA called Fair Play Convention, aimed at dealing with injured players while the game is in progress, was acknowledged but not approved, mainly on the grounds that fair play is an instinctive behaviour rather than an attitude to rule.
Regarding the Laws of the Game, the IFAB decided to set a fixed size of 105 metres in length and 68 metres in width (instead of a minimum and maximum length – from 100 metres to 110 metres – and a minimum and a maximum width – from 64 metres to 75 metres – as mentioned in the previous text).
Furthermore, as it had done in 2007, the Board stressed that people in the technical area should not have access to or a view of pitchside monitors.
Finally, the FIFA President made a strong appeal against violent tackles on the field of play, reiterating that “players committing such acts should be banned”.