8 Potential Game Changers For Football In The Near Future
8. More Technology
Most fans of a certain generation
will recall the famous 2014 Nike advert ‘The Last Game’. The ad tells the story
of a scientist constructing perfect clones of some of the world’s great
players, claiming real players "take too many risks". These clones
destroy the world’s best Nike sponsored players, pushing football towards
extinction. What follows is an “uplifting” display of how individuality, skill
and intelligence can overcome the machine-like style of these science
Six years on and seemingly football
hasn’t heeded the warning that football and technology simply don’t mix.
Whilst, goal line technology has been
an irrefutable success, this is largely due to the lack of any potential
ethical, moral or technological debate. We know what a goal is.
However, as has been seen with the
laboured and widely criticised introduction of VAR (which has courted greater
controversy and debate in England than other countries), many argue that
technology is simply part of footballs future. Although, the refereeing body,
the PGMOL, state that they don’t want technology to re-referee entire matches,
it seems that given the oil and water nature of football and humanity, one may
survive while the other fades into footballing folklore. It is not just
offside where there is debate about where to draw the line.
It has been suggested that technology
could influence the entire football experience beyond officiating, with fan
interactivity, enhanced broadcasting through player cams and increased use of
technology for managers truly seeing the end of the game as we know it.