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World Cup Referees Get High-Tech Help Watching the Goal Line

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GoalControl referee watchCourtesy GoalControl

It’s not clear that smartwatches will ever make the leap from the tech hype cycle to the real world, but the devices will get at least one highly visible cameo on a particularly big stage. Referees at the World Cup this year will wear watches that will vibrate and display the word “GOAL” each time a ball crosses the goal line.

FIFA has been discussing goal-line technology since the months following the 2010 World Cup. That tournament saw England denied a score in a match against Germany even though the ball had clearly passed the goal line. As FIFA helpfully notes in the video below, this kind of stuff happens from time to time: