There could be some amendments to FIFA rules as early as July 2, the day after the European Championship Final. The Independent is reporting that on July 2, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will make a “definitive decision” on the heavily debated topic of goal-line technology.
In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Frank Lampard’s shot against Germany (pictured) that was not called a goal — although the ball clearly crossed the line — is one of numerous instances where goal-line technology could have corrected a referee’s mistake.
FIFA has heard the complaints and may now implement a change that would improve the sport.
At a March 3 meeting in Surrey, England, a number of other rule changes will also be discussed. The board will discuss the current law that “sees players sent off and suspended for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity in instances which also see a penalty awarded.”
Another rule regards the use of a fourth-substitute if a game goes to over-time, as well as the extra assistant referees, which is currently used in UEFA matches. There are a total of eight items on IFAB’s agenda, all of which could impact the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.