The Wednesday Word: Technology or grassroots?

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Goal-line technology or grassroots - where should the money go?

UEFA President Michel Platini has said that he would prefer to see the millions of pounds spent on goal-line technology invested into grassroots football.

A long-time opponent of technology in the game, the Frenchman has voiced his concerns again ahead of Fifa’s Club World Cup, where goal-line technology will be used for the first time.

“To put goal-line technology in our competitions is 50 million euros in five years,” Platini said.

“I prefer to give 50 millions euros into the grassroots and the development of football than to put it into technology for perhaps one or two goals per year.

“It’s a lot of money per goal.”

Goal-line technology was given the approval of the game’s law makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), back in June.

Two systems are being trialled in the Club World Cup in Japan: Hawkeye – familiar to tennis and cricket fans – and GoalRef, which uses a microchip inside the ball and magnetic sensors around the goal.

If successful, FIFA could begin to implement the technology in all of its competitions, starting with the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, himself once a sceptic of goal-line technology, now embraces the idea but his expected successor at the world game’s governing body remains unmoved.

Have your say!

What do you think? Do you want to see goal-line technology introduced? Have we had too many mistakes made in big games that could easily be avoided?

Or is goal-line technology an expensive luxury that we don’t need, allowing the money to spent in more important areas within the game?

Is Platini right to call for the money to investment in the development of the game? Or is he just using grassroots football as a way of making his point? And if the money wasn’t spent on goal-line technology, would the equivalent find its way to the grassroots?

It’s time for definitive word in grassroots football, so it’s over to YOU!

Have your say by voting in our online poll via your club or league website (or our demo site). Alternatively, you can join the debate on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or have your say in the comments section below.

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1 Comment

  1. Rob Bailey on December 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Dont agree with much Platini says but I agree with him on this.If it was a widespread problem that required technology then we should use it but is it really cost effective when you compare what the money could be spent on at grassroots level? I dont think so – it would be a knee jerk reaction to a handful of goals that ‘should have been’!

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