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Football advances we desperately need

Wednesday 24th May 2017
Having covered some footballing advances that completely failed; it seemed a good idea to look at the technology the beautiful game could do with researching, funding and implementing ASAP. Granted, some of these may be rather fanciful but take some time to look into the reasoning - you'll soon convert to my way of thinking.

Measuring Tools for Referees

A small addition to the game comes first; would it be so hard to give the referees some kind of tool that measures out how far away the wall needs to be?

I, myself, am 6'1 and have a 31" inside leg measurement - this means my stride interpretation of ten yards could potentially be very different to someone less than half a foot shorter than myself.

Isn't accuracy important in football? Obviously not important enough if we still rely on the ref stepping like John Cleese's legendary sketch to mark out their yardage...

An Effective In-Game Review System

We all know that the game cannot be stopped based on one player's word against another's, that's just silly.
However, we do know that Rugby, Tennis and Cricket (among other sports) have introduced a review system to help the officials make the correct decisions - all three have seen dramatic improvements to their refereeing.

If a player is on the ground, holding his face and pointing the finger at a bemused looking opponent - why can't the referee ask for a video review to assess what actually happened? Why can't the team captain's be offered a single review chance for potentially offside goals or unnecessary cards being shown?

Accuracy in Extra Time

This doesn't actually require any technological advancement whatsoever - we already have the technology to do this and just choose not to.

You could say that we should stop the clock when the ball is considered to be out of play but that simply wouldn't work - matches would be four hours long and Jeff Stelling kn
ocks off at half six!

Instead, a simple Chess Clock would solve all of the problems relating to random amounts of extra time being added on. Simply set the clock running on one side and click to the other side for any delays befitting of extra time until the game restarts.

By the end of 45 minutes, you'll have a clear indication of how much time needs to be added on for unavoidable delays - SIMPLE!

Motorised Stretchers

How many clips have you seen that show an inept member of medical staff lifting a stretcher and throwing the injured player to the ground or inserting their faces into their bottoms?

So we probably need to admit it's time to introduce motorised stretchers across the EPL and EFL. It speeds things up and enables the injured party to get the treatment they need much faster.

X-Ray Machines for fan baggage

I don't know about you lot but I am sick to the back teeth of flares and other pyrotechnics at football matches. They stink, cloud your view, are incredibly dangerous and incur huge fines for the club in question. An airport security style baggage checker would eliminate the issue - get on with it FIFA.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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