Is it Time for Hawk Eye?
Reiss Malone, Contributing Writer, 13 Jul 2007
Hawk Eye technology is currently being used in tennis and cricket and has resulted in more exciting and intense moments for spectators as well as players.
Now the Premier League - with Hawk Eye creator Paul Hawkins - have decided to test the system to discover whether a ball has crossed the line.
This season will see trials taking place at the Reading academy and at random matches. The system will not be used by match officials or television. It will only be tested to see if the results are correct and the system operates effectively.
It has seemed obvious to many observers that football has needed new technology for the last few years. However while many managers had differing views on this subject, the debate has included whether the technology should be looking at penalty and offside decisions.
Many within the game still feel that using technology to judge these incidents will slow the match down too much.
Right now, the Hawk Eye trial will only be used to decide whether the ball crossed the line. However, if the trials prove a success I am sure the other areas will have to be looked at as well. If it works well in the Premier League the idea will then be proposed to FIFA to use the technology - possibly for the following season or the season after.
Hawk Eye trials in tennis lasted four years so the new system might still have a way to go yet. Even if it does arrive it will only be used by match officials.
Although we would lose a few discussion points after matches I am sure most people would encourage the introduction of the system. I would find it interesting as I feel it would encourage more discussions during the in-running play of a match. However on the other side of the argument it will slow the gameplay down. Is technology and football compatible? Only the future will tell!