USA-Slovenia Game Poster-Child for Instant Replay in Soccer

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The USA’s disallowed goal against Slovenia may go down as one of the worst calls in sports history and may leave a sour taste in the mouths of USA fans for the rest of their lives. However, if the right action is taken by FIFA, it could be a blessing in disguise for the future of soccer. Sometimes there needs to be a catastrophe in order to perfect a system. We have seen this happen in other sports.

  • In the 1998 NFL Wild-Card Round, before there was instant replay, Jerry Rice blatantly lost the ball before his knees touched the ground, resulting in what should have been ruled as a fumble. However, he was ruled down before the ball popped out. This play paved the way for instant replay in the NFL.
  • Just recently, umpire Jim Joyce blew a call that cost Detroit’s pitcher, Armando Galarraga, a perfect game. Bud Selig came out after the game and said he would look further into instant replay in baseball. The MLB already has replay for home runs.

So, why is FIFA refusing to budge when it comes to replay?

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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