World football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), have laid out their agenda for their 128th general annual meeting that is going to take place on 1st March 2014 in Suisse Zurich. This agenda is nothing else than a blueprint for modern football: for the first time ever, there are official considerations to implement video replays for match officials.
|They care about football...the IFAB.|
In general, the agenda heralds several areas for discussion and alterations in terms of rather technical laws such as the players' equipment or the definition of dropped balls. The more interesting parts are listed under "any other business" - quite an understatement in light of the scope these three issues might have.
Thus, IFAB will discuss on the establishment of sin bins, i.e. an "orange card", which allows referees to dismiss players for a specific period of time as an element of recreational football. Furthermore, the frequently debated "triple punishment" is going to be subject to discussions following the proposal of UEFA. Finally, and most important, IFAB is going to discuss on introducing the opportunity of video replays, also called "video devices", for referees. In controversial match situations that are of great relevance, referees would be able to check their decision or take a decision at all after consulting the video pictures - like in ice-hockey.
What I personally regard as the end of football, as the end of the spirit of the game and the end of human refereeing, might be appreciated by some of you. Instead of writing an analysis, I would like to hear your point of views and arguments on this affair (and also on the other topics illuminated above).