For any like me who are fans of Star Trek, we know the Borg as a ruthless culture that assimilates everything in its path. They usually entered with a greeting as shown from the below video.
So lets take a quick tally:
- Beeper flags to get signals from ARs - check.
- Headset to communicate with ARs and Alternate official - check.
- Stereo microphone to record sound during the match - check.
- Headset camera to record video during the match - check.
- Goal line technology to indicate when a ball crosses the goal line - check (soon).
This is crazy folks ... are we referees, or are we simply puppets for all this technology?
Seriously though, do we really need all of this to manage a match?
I get that some of this, like the camera, is for entertainment purposes, for now. But when will we start using it for "instant replay" or even when it gets much better, real time discipline.
Don't think so? Just wait another 10 years and see what we get. By the 2022 World Cup, I think we will see less human, and more Deus ex machina.
It's funny too, FIFA and other cry, and cry for "less mechanical referees", yet right before our eyes we see the opposite. Just have a look.
We are the Borg ...
|Locutus of Borg circa 24th Century|
|Professional soccer referee circa 2013|