Goal line technology will be used in soccer will be used for the first time at this year's Confederations Cup, which starts today. There's long been a debate in soccer whether the sport should introduce more technology in its matches, especially when it comes to goal line technology. Soccer's a free-flowing game with no scheduled stoppages, and part of the pushback was that stopping play to review goals the way football reviews touchdowns would fundamentally change the game.
But those pining for it had a better argument. There aren't many goals in soccer, so each goal scored is that much more valuable, and each missed call is that much more criminal. And after Frank Lampard's clear equalizer in the 2010 World Cup against Germany (seen above) was disallowed, many fans and players alike said it was time for a major change. Lampard's goal would've made the game 2-2. Instead, England went on to lose 4-1.
So after the decision to integrate goal line technology was won, FIFA had to then decide which technology to use. Ten different systems pitched their goal line technology, but in the end, the International Football Association Board decided on German system called GoalControl-4D. GoalControl uses a network of 14 different cameras—seven focused on each goalmouth—that track the ball in within millimeters. When the ball crosses the plane, a signal will be sent to referees' accompanying wristwatch. It seems noninvasive and, more important, pretty flawless: