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New Technology Prevents Ghost Goals at World Cup


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • questionable: uncertain; disputable
  • crossbar: the bar at the top of a net
  • wave off: to indicate that no goal has been scored
  • sensor: a device that measures and records things like movement or light
  • officiator: referee
  • New Technology Prevents Ghost Goals At World Cup

    In 1966, during the FIFA World Cup final between England and Germany, England was awarded a questionable goal. The score was when England’s ball hit Germany’s crossbar and fell down near the goal line. Even though officials were if it crossed the goal line or not, England was awarded the goal and went on to win the match. A questionable goal like this is commonly referred to as a “ghost goal”. Many years later, at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, a similar play with the same two teams. This time when England’s ball dropped out of the net after hitting the crossbar, the goal was waved off. Instant later showed, however, that it was clearly a goal. This officiating mistake helped convince FIFA’s president to allow goal-line technology at the next competition. In 2014, a system of sensors and cameras were for the World Cup matches. Officiators now get notified instantly on their smart watches as soon as a ball crosses the goal line.

    Comprehension Questions

    1. What is a “ghost goal”?
    2. Why did FIFA finally decide to introduce goal-line technology to the World Cup?
    3. Why does the report mention a smart watch?

    Discussion Questions: The cost of goal-line technology is very high. Do you think major league football associations should invest millions of dollars in this technology, or should the officiating be left up to humans?

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