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IFAB meeting agenda calls for changes to the Laws of the Game.

On March 3, 2012, the five members of IFAB -- FIFA, The English Football Association, The Scottish Football Association, The Wales Football Association and the Irish Football Association -- will meet to discuss and vote on a number of proposed changes to the Laws of the Game. Below we list and discuss some of the most important items on the IFAB's agenda (the proposed changes to the current Laws of the Game are italicized):


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Did Champions League referees get their positioning wrong!?

We were glued to our TV sets this past Wednesday and Thursday watching the Champions League matches between Barcelona v. Bayern Leverkusen and AC Milan v. Arsenal. However, as referees and not just simply fans of the game, we could not help but notice the positioning of the additional assistant referees in those matches. The additional assistant referees in both of these games were positioned on that side of the goal that was nearer to the assistant referee. This immediately struck us as a rather curious positioning.


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The Goal-Line technology may finally be coming to soccer!

Recently, IFAB released an agenda for its 126th Annual General Meeting and it appears that the delegates will have plenty to discuss, including eight proposals and amendments to the Laws of the Game. Among the items for discussion - one that we want to highlight here - is the use of the Goal-Line Technology (GLT). As many of you may recall, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, was initially opposed to the implementation of the GLT technology because, he thought, it would remove "the human face" from the game. However, following the World Cup match between England and Germany during which Frank Lampard was denied a goal, Blatter warmed up to the idea of using the technology. In that crucial game, the referees failed to award a goal to Lampard even though the replays clearly showed that the ball, after hitting the underside of the crossbar, bounced down behind and crossed over the goal-line. It's too bad that it took yet another disastrous referee decision for FIFA to seriously consider the GLT technology. But, better late than never!

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