Would you generally be in favour of increasing the number of officials from 4 to 6?
- In favour
- Opposed, but would like to see some other similar solution (e.g. 2 onfield refs)
- Opposed, but would like to see a technology based solution (e.g. instant replay, microchip in the ball for offsides/goal line)
As part of my continuing quest to get more football discussions going on this board, I propose the following:
European football authorities should move from a system of 4 officials per match to 6 officials per match. The two new officials would stand near each goal and would be primarily responsible for:
(1) ruling whether the ball crossed the goal line in close cases (they would only be a a few meters away); and
(2) providing an “opposite angle” view of the penalty box to assist the ref on penalty appeals and instances of diving.
This proposal would not stop or slow down the game (as instant replay would do) and would not require any additional unproven technology.
Penalty and diving instances are often the most critical decisions an official must make, and having a second set of eyes that can see the situation (a) up close, and (b) from the opposite angle as the on-field ref would help ensure that these decisions were made correctly. Penalty decisions would become more consistent, and instances of diving (a plague to the game) would be reduced.
The plan should initially be adopted for UEFA Champions League competitions, because one of the primary objections that have been raised to the idea (money to pay for additional officials for all the games) is not an issue for a Europe’s richest competition.
Anyone in favour? Against?