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Thursday June 22 2017
How football fans got smart

Advances in technology haven't just changed football on the pitch, but moved the big game on to the small screen with smartphones giving fans more access than ever before.

Football used to be a traditional, offline experience, but the emergence of mobile devices during the last decade and the availability of increasingly fast Wi-Fi and 4G Internet has transformed how players, fans and media interact, engage with and enjoy the beautiful game.

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Friday April 22 2016
Serie A: video replays summit

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio held a summit with Lega Serie A and B over the upcoming introduction of video replays.

The International Football Association Board is introducing new regulations that will allow for the use of video replays by referees during the match.

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Thursday April 14 2016
Serie A to test video replays

The FIGC has announced that Italian football will test the use of video replays in officiating.

The International Football Association Board [IFAB] “agreed in principle” last month to test the use of video refereeing over the next two seasons.

Today it has been confirmed that Italian football will be one of the testers, starting from next season.

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Saturday March 5 2016
FIFA begin video replay tests

FIFA announced a “historic day for football” as experimentation begins for video assistance to referees, likely to be in Serie B.

New FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirmed the news today, calling it “an historic day for football. We are leading the debate, not stopping the debate. We’re listening to football.”

There will be at least two years of experiments before it is implemented in major tournaments.

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Friday March 4 2016
Tech for Champions and Europa Finals

UEFA will use goal-line technology in this season’s Champions League and Europa League Finals.

The system is widely used in the big European Leagues and will be introduced for all the knockout rounds of the Champions League next term.

However, UEFA have decided to bring forward the introduction of the technology so it can be used in this season’s Finals.

It was announced along with news Theodore Theodorisis has been named acting general secretary of UEFA.

His predecessor Gianni Infantino was elected President of FIFA last week.

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Friday January 22 2016
Goal-line technology spreads

UEFA have officially agreed to use goal-line technology at Euro 2016 and next season’s Champions League.

The system has already been used successfully at the 2014 World Cup and in Serie A, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.

Today UEFA’s Executive Committee confirmed goal-line technology will be implemented at the upcoming European Championships in France.

It’ll also be used in the Champions League from next season, but only from the knockout stages and not the group games.

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Thursday January 7 2016
Video evidence can begin trials

The International Football Association Board has given the go-ahead to experiment video assistance for match officials.

Italian pundits have long been calling for the so-called ‘moviola in campo’ – video replays used during a game situation to help analyse complex and fast-moving incidents.

Today the IFAB held its annual meeting in London and the Board of Directors “gave a strong recommendation for experiments to be given the green light.

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Thursday July 30 2015
Goal-line technology debut set

Goal-line technology will make its Italian debut in the Trofeo TIM between Inter, Milan and Sassuolo on August 12.

This traditional summer tournament sees each side face off in 45-minute games to decide an eventual winner.

It will take place at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Sassuolo’s home arena, and represents the debut for goal-line technology in Italy.

The system will be used in all Serie A matches for the 2015-16 campaign.

It was pushed through after several controversial incidents last term.

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Wednesday April 29 2015
Panels discuss video replays

Panels met this week to discuss introducing video replays into the sport to help referees and a fourth substitution.

The two panels were set up to advise the International Football Association Board (IFAB) on potential changes to the laws of the game.

The Football Advisory Panel and Technical Advisory Panel met in London on Monday and Tuesday.

Among the subjects discussed were the introduction of a fourth substitution and the use of video replays to support match officials.

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Wednesday March 11 2015
‘Goal-line technology ok’

The President of the Italian referees’ association, the AIA, has hinted that goal-line technology will be introduced next term.

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has already declared that technology will be introduced from next season, and Marcello Nicchi seems to echo those words.

“We’re likely to see goal-line technology,” Nicchi is quoted as saying by ANSA.

“We pointed out that it would remove the need to go back, because the refereeing team is now central to the speed of the game.

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