January 22, 2016

UEFA to use Goalline Technology at EURO 2016

What has already been indicated on former international referee Kenn Hansen's site in early January has now been confirmed: UEFA's Executive Committee headed by Gianni Infantino has decided to implement Goalline Technology (GLT) at the EURO 2016 finals in France - on top of the usual Additional Assistant Referee (AAR) system.


For now it has not been clarified what kind of GLT system UEFA is going to use - most likely it will be the field-tested Goal Control system based on multiple cameras "under the roof" of the stadiums such as at Brazil's World Cup 2014.

Pierluigi Collina had already made clear that the deployment of GLT would not lead to the abolishment of the AAR system:

"The additional assistants' main task is not to control the goal line and decide whether a ball has crossed it. Rather, they are responsible for monitoring everything that is happening in the penalty area overall, aiding the main referee in making important decisions in the box. Of course, the AARs try to do their best relating to goal-line decisions as well, and what we have noticed is that in order to be prepared to judge goal-line incidents, they need to focus on the goal line before the ball arrives… therefore, they can miss something occurring at the same time in another place in the area. This may reduce the effectiveness of the assistance they are expected to offer the referee. With goal-line technology, the additional assistants are released from this demanding task and can focus exclusively on the control of other incidents on the field.", he told UEFA.com.

While it is quite obvious that most mistakes made by AARs in competitions like Champions League have had little to do with their task to control the goalline - one could call it a political excuse - UEFA's decision to make use of both systems surely creates the biggest benefit for the game. 

The human eye is apparently not capable of taking high-speed decisions of centimetres - this became clear at the last European Championship when István Vad failed to see that Ukraine had scored a goal by some centimetres. But it can surely provide some added support for the match officials - as long as they are concentrated, motivated and experienced.

The system will also be applied in Champions League matches of the season 2016/17 (starting in the play-offs). Later, UEFA will consider an implementation in Europa League as well.

We will see whether UEFA's decision will lead to a higher quality of decisions taken by AARs. Definitely, there will be no second Ukraine-England incident though.

References:

UEFA.com: Interview with Collina

UEFA.com: News on ExCo-Decision

33 Comments:

  1. Any news or comments about the next Winter course for Uefa referees ?

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    1. Prenier League appointments for 2 and 3 February are out. Along with Atkinson and Clattenburg, Taylor is missing as well. I guess he will be at the course.
      For Italy, the four Elite referees should be sure.
      Hope to get the full list of participants somehow.

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    2. Madley and Oliver will be attending the seminar as well.

      Rgds

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  2. For France, You have clément Turpin with Ruddy Buquet and also, interesting, very promising in my taste, Benoit Bastien.

    Greetings from France Near Nyon ;)

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  3. My early predection for UCL and UEL:
    UCL:
    PSG-Chelsea Kassai (HUN)
    Benfica-Zenit Marciniak (POL)
    Gent-Wolfsburg Kralovec (CZE)
    Roma-Real Madrid Mazic (SRB)
    Arsenal-Barcelona Eriksson (SWE)
    Juventus-Bayern Atkinson (ENG)
    PSV-Atlético Turpin (FRA)
    Dynamo Kyiv-Manchester City Rocchi (ITA)
    UEL:
    Fener-Lokomotiv Moskva De Sousa (POR)
    Anderlecht-Olympiacos Kulbakov (BLR)
    Midtyland-Manchester United Vad (HUN)
    Fiorentina-Tottenham Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Dortmund-Porto Collum (SCO)
    Villareal-Napoli Oliver (ENG)
    St.Étienne-Basel Jug (SLO)
    Sevilla-Molde Makkeile (NED)
    Sporting-Leverkuen Tagliavento (ITA)
    Valencia-Rapid Wien Zwayer (GER)
    Augsburg-Liverpool Gumienny (BEL)
    Sparta Praha-Krasnodar Strömbergsson (SWE)
    Galatasaray-Lazio Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Sion-Braga Buquet (FRA)
    Sahtar-Schalke Hategean (ROU)
    OM-Athletic Thomson (SCO)

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  4. De Sousa doesn´t go to the course. Only Artur Soares Dias.

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  5. Off topic: I'm currently watching the Paris-Toulouse semifinal in the Coupe de la Ligue and referee Amaury Delerue suffered an injury and has now been replaced by his AAR1 Frank Schneider (France's new FIFA referee).

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  6. Now live on YouTube: Dutch premier division match Feyenoord - Heerenveen with the focus on the videoreferee. The videoreferee isn't connected with the referee but you see how they're working. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwccHLgpCkg

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  7. Uefa winter course for elite and newcomers referees is starting today, but it seems that no news are available about it.
    Has somebody some information to share ? Venue ? Date ? List of attendees ? program ? Thanks

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    1. I can confirm that there is no news this time. No lists or program available for now.

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    2. The course is in Cyprus, for Italy we have Rizzoli, Rocchi, Tagliavento, Orsato and Banti.

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  8. Here some articles about assistant referees course in Cyprus:

    http://www.uefa.org/protecting-the-game/refereeing/news/newsid=2327234.html#pierluigi+collina+assistant+referees

    http://www.uefa.org/protecting-the-game/refereeing/news/newsid=2327787.html#no+longer+just+linesman

    Giovanni Stevanato (ITA), Philip Sharp (ENG), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL) and Leif Lindberg (SWE) among the instructors.

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    1. More pics and an interview with Stevanato:

      http://www.aiamestre.com/stevanato-cipro.html

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  9. An early but quite interesting appointment: Germany-Italy in March will be handled by Oliver Drachta (AUT).

    Another interesting friendly appointment after Zwayer in France.

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    1. Erratum: Zwayer in the Netherlands (but against France).

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  10. Reading behind Collina's and Batta's interviews, I think that they won't use FO's this time. Both speak about 18 refereeing teams.

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    1. And who doy ou think, will be used as 4th officials? The main referees, the assistant referees or the AARs?

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    2. Perhaps ARs...just like the CL/EL.

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  11. You would imagine it will be the referees as you would want an elite referee somewhere amongst the team to take over if necessary

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    1. I rather expect assistant referees actually. This would be more in line with the standard applied for some years in CL/EL and the EURO qualifiers. Furthermore in almost every team there will - probably - be an Elite / First Group AAR.

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    2. Why not the system they used at EURO 2012? 5th/6th officials of other teams, who are fourth official, together wit an AR out of their team, as 7th official? I think that might be a good system, especially because there are teams who don't have group 1/elite referees in their teams (f.e. Mazic, Kuipers).

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  12. http://www.rfef-cta.com/Noticias/VerNoticia.aspx?id=627

    Jesús Gil Manzano attended the UEFA winter course for referees as the only Spaniard from the first group. No Xavier Estrada Fernández...

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  13. I watched Taylor in Manchester City - Leicester City. I think he had overall a quite good performance. Excellent usage of advantage, and a very good alertness in reading the game.
    The most interesting situation is very likely the possible penalty for Manchester in first half, when score was still 0-1. I think that the foul occurred exactly on the line, but the call was very difficult. This was a perfect situation for an AAR1, who could have reported a penalty to be whistled. Nevertheless, I think the overall performance was good.

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    1. Agreed - thought Taylor had a decent outing. Ditto re the AARs and the penalty situation as well. Difficut decision to make, no doubt.

      On another note, can't believe Leicester City are leading the Premier League! If Spurs don't win it, I hope they do!

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    2. Your opinion about Clatts' RC for Wanyama (Suthampton). For me RC not needed (I think Clattenburg haven't seen dituation properly because he was marked). He shoved RC to the same player against Norwich in January! We didn't comment here but for me both Clattenburg and Atkinson were not in best form recently and had some wrong decisions and big mistakes (PKs, YC/RC situations). In last 4-5 rounds in Premier leagu there were lot of wrong offside decisions, unacceptable decisions that influenced the results.

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    3. I haven't seen the incidents. However, I thought Clattenburg performed well in Liverpool - Man United and Arsenal - Chelsea.

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    4. @Nole

      It's a great shame, but the hectic scheduling in January/February makes it something of an inevitability. A prime example of this, especially one mentally rather than physically, was Atkinson's performance in Chelsea-Burnley last season, having just led a Champions League match in the week after a busy winter schedule. By the season's latter stages I'm sure they'll all be in top form again.
      Btw Clattenburg's RC:SFP was evitable, even unnecessary maybe, but it one could see why he took the decision.

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  14. Michael Oliver just missed a clear penalty for handball in ManU-Chelsea, as Daley Blind's arm is in a totally unnatural position and enlarges body surface. We see (once again) the danger of new positioning instructions. A referee positioned along the diagonal would have had a perfectly clear view. In his central position at the top of the penalty arc, Oliver could not have seen it under any circumstances.

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    1. We also should have in mind that English referees judges handballs differently than other Europeans (I'm sure, Englishmen are more than happy that a penalty wasn't given). Also disgusting that Oliver didn't react on Costa furious protests in the first half...

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  15. Tomorrow we'll have the observers & delegates for CL/EL. I can anticipate that there will be some interesting names, Batta for example in Eindhoven, Dallas in Fiorentina.

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  16. Interesting appointed for Kassai. He will be the referee in the egyptn derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek on Tuesday.

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    1. With György Ring,Vencel Tóth and Adam Farkas

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