Category Archives: Football Technology / Laws of the game

Get out the way Ref! | 6 Match Ban for Sasho

After the penalty was called, referee Stefan Spasov went to spot the ball but Sasho had other ideas when he delivered a brutal hockey-style check to the ref sending him to the ground:

The check earned Sasho a six-game suspension from the Bulgarian Football Union and a fine of $1,500.

The incident happened in a professional Bulgarian soccer match between Cherno More Varna and Lavski Sofia playing for the Bulgarian cup.

‘Football Manager’ Gamer player lands managerial job in Azerbaijan | Gaming

Football Manager fan has landed a managerial job in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

A 21-year-old Swedish-based student has taken over the reins at Azerbaijani Premier League club FK Baku based on his success in Football Manager report ESPN.

Vugar Huseynzade was employed by the club as an assistant after impressing officials with knowledge gleaned from the management sim.

He was promoted to first-team coaching duties after FK Baku’s two-year spell without a manager

It has even been suggested that the student was offered the job ahead of former French footballer Jean-Pierre Papin.

The latest Football Manager includes more than 900 new or improved features across multiple game modes.

Enhancements include an improved 3D match engine, deeper media interactions, the addition of directors of football and a revamped loan system.

It also features the brand new ‘Football Manager Classic’ and ‘Challenge’ mode, the former of which removes various advanced features and speeds up matches. It allows players to complete a season in less than ten hours.

‘Challenge’ mode, on the other hand, gives the player a short-term objective – for example, to avoid relegation with a team severely hampered by injuries or to maintain a side’s unbeaten run until the end of the season.

Football Manager 2013 is available now for PC and Mac.



GoalRef and Hawk-Eye Get FIFA All Clear



GoalRef and Hawk-Eye have both signed installation agreements with FIFA taking another step forward to Goal Line technology.

“Between October 2011 and June 2012, both companies passed a series of extensive laboratory and field tests, tests in simulated match situations, as well as tests in live matches,” said FIFA in a statement.

“This milestone in the goal-line technology process, which began in 2011, means that the two companies now have official authorisation to install their respective goal-line technology systems worldwide.”

FIFA said both systems still had to pass tests in stadiums where they had been installed before they could be used for official matches.

“Once a system has been installed in a stadium, the system undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality.

“This is carried out by an independent test institute and the results of this so-called ‘final installation test’ must be successful.

“Only a positive final installation test qualifies a system to be used in official matches.”

Both systems will be used during the Club World Cup in Japan in December.



FA President The Duke of Cambridge To Open St.Georges Park

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will open St. George’s Park tomorrow. The Royal Party will visit the Burton upon Trent site and join specially invited guests to celebrate the opening of the new home for the 24 representative England teams.

The Royal Party will be accompanied by many special guests from the football and sporting world for the official opening of England’s new £100m training home.

The Party will be joined by both Roy Hodgson and Hope Powell with members of their respective squads. ” FA Chairman David Bernstein said: “The opening of St. George’s Park is truly a momentous occasion in the history of The FA. Next year we will celebrate The FA’s 150th anniversary, and this moment will be recorded as significant as any that has gone before us in the last 149 years”.

Facilities at St. Georges Park ;

They include:

  • Indoor 3G pitch – 120m x 80m building, accommodating a full-size 105m x 68m artificial football pitch equipped with a 200 person viewing gallery
  • Running track – located adjacent to the indoor 3G pitch, the 60m sprint track features a specialist power plate which can track the speed, gait and running characteristics of athletes
  • Multi sport indoor hall – 60m x 40m with sprung floor and capacity for Futsal, badminton and netball, plus football pitches for the partially-sighted
  • Sports Medicine Centre – St. George’s Park has its own world-class sports and exercise medicine, human performance and research centre called Perform, part of Spire Healthcare Sports Facilities St. George’s Park has world-class sports facilities which will facilitate sporting excellence
  • External pitches – 11 external pitches, five of which have floodlighting and undersoil heating. The pitches will accommodate full-size and seven-a-side elite football and coaching for all age groups
  • Goalkeeping areas – dedicated practice and training area for goalkeepers
  • Training hill – 30m outdoor training and fitness hill positioned at a 20 degree angle for fitness and conditioning
  • Sports Pavilions – four external pitch side pavilions are available for briefings, training analysis and debriefings. Some with changing and catering facilities.

Video Tour 

Some selected Pics of St.Georges.

More from St Georges Here

If We have Goal Line technology we wont need nets !

Platini has once again voiced his stance at plans to introduce Goal-Line technology into the game in favour of more officials. The Premier League plans to implement the new system for the 2013-14 season, amid increasing calls from the media, public and those involved in football for referees to be aided electronically.

 The London Evening Standard recently quoted Platini saying “

“My idea is to help referees by putting up more referees.

“You will never convince me on technology and I will not change at the age of 57. Technology assisting referee: I say, no.”

How much difference any technology will make is open to many debate. The latest incident in the premier league involved referee Mike Dean who failed to award Victor Anichebe’s goal for Everton when his close range header clearly crossed the line.

The last time we saw any major advances in the filed of play was back in 1981 with the introduction of goal nets. Goal nets were the invention of J. A. Brodie, who took out a patent for his invention in 1890. The first official use of nets date from 1891 when they were used at Crosby Cricket ground near Liverpool, then home to a section of Old Etonians playing for a club called Liverpool Ramblers AFC, and at Nottingham Forest’s Town Ground. They were first used in an FA Cup Final in 1892 but it was some time before they were used regularly in International matches, which led to the odd disputed goal. 

But even when nets became widespread there were still disputes. The tautness of the mesh of those early nets was a particular problem, as the ball would often rebound. In the 1908-09 season West Bromwich Albion missed out on promotion by a fraction of a point after a referee disallowed a goal, thinking that the ball had hit the crossbar, and Aston Villa were relegated to the Third Division after a similar incident in 1970. Crystal Palace’s Clive Allen had a perfectly good goal wiped-out against Coventry City in 1980 when his free-kick rebounded off the stanchion at the back of the net while Millwall’s Paul Ifill saw a goal ruled out in 1999 during a game at Colchester United’s Layer Road ground after the officials failed to realise the ball had hit the back of the netting and bounced out again.

The Law

 A goal must be placed on the centre of each goal line.

A goal consists of two upright posts equidistant from the corner flagposts and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The goalposts and crossbar must be made of wood, metal or other approved material. They must be square, rectangular, round or elliptical in shape and must not be dangerous to players.

Both goalposts and the crossbar have the same width and depth, which do not exceed 12 cm (5 ins). The goal lines must be of the same width as the goalposts and the crossbar. Nets may be attached to the goals and the ground behind the goal, provided that they are properly supported and do not interfere with the goalkeeper.

The goalposts and crossbars must be white. So to clarify no Law requirement to have nets which could be replaced by Ball Line Technology.

Article now pending review by Mr  Michel Platini UEFA President

What is French for Nets May ?)



Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.


The Voice of Fitness Blog


Enlightening All Merchants on payment processing and technology

Being Rebekah

A journey towards excellence for Christ



%d bloggers like this: