3 positive impacts of technology on soccer
1. With all the technology being introduced there are fewer arguments and disagreements, stopping many fights and bad language. Things like goal line technology reassure the referee that he/she has made the correct decision. The spectators are also able to see what happened on the big screen televisions and can decide their own opinion. The referees would also be more respected, as the spectators would know it is a right call because of all the technologies being used. This technology is giving spectators the full experience and making the game more enjoyable to watch.
2. There is more high quality camera to get closer in on the action, more sports channels to view the game for free and on pay-tv. The Internet now provides easy access to information, statistics to the game and live- streaming. Sony and FIFA recently announced that they would work together to make the 2014 World Cup a 4K production. 4K is a term that describes display devices that have a horizontal resolution of 4,000 pixels. This technology allows the spectators to view the game in great quality and get the full experience, making them feel like they are at the game.
3. Without these new technologies and upgrades there wouldn’t be quality, professional soccer gear, such as, boots, shin pads, skins, balls and uniforms. The technology allows us to look at things to be improved and upgraded. These upgrades in gear are making the game more neat and better. Players can also view their stats of the games and the techniques they are using to see what can be improved. Players are getting better, constantly improving because of the advanced computer technologies. Football manufactures are always looking at ways the game can be improved and the technologies are what are making this possible.
3 negative IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY on soccer
1. As the technologies is supposed to help assist the referee and pick up fouls, etc. Governing bodies seems to be doing their best to rid the sporting world of human error, with Hawk-Eye being a prime example. Everyone makes mistakes and that’s all apart of life. The game would most likely not be as interesting if every single little mistake was corrected and everything in play was “perfect”. It seems as if they are trying to “over do” soccer by introducing all these technologies to help. I think that they are taking it that bit too far, especially with the anti-diving shin pads.
2. Some people say that technology destroys the spirit of sport. For generations, the decisions of match officials have united the world’s population in conversation. The arguments provide people with something to discuss over at lunch breaks during school (for the younger generation) or a drink at the pub (for the older generation). It also gives the “so-called” professionals that appear to be more qualified than us something to talk about at half time on the TV. The “bad” or “unfair decisions made create the intense conversations and friendly arguments with one another. The decisions are what create history in the sport and introducing all this technology may not change the beautiful game for the better.
3. With all these new technologies being invented and introduced, the referees are fading away, no longer becoming as important. You never know, maybe in the far future there will be no need for referees at all, taking away the originalities of the great game. Many people would agree that it is not healthy or right to rely so much on technology, as even it could possibly have an error or be hacked. The referees, in way, keep the game alive and bring controversy into the game, causing great conversations. Many people also would loose their jobs if there were becoming fewer referees needed.