The impact of GLT on the referee

With the introduction of goal-line technology, the referee’s job is affected in different ways. The following FAQ answer the most important questions on the role of the referee when using the technology.

1. Does the referee have to use the technology?

IFAB has defined the referee’s position in the Laws of the Game by stating that he can use the technology provided he is convinced of its functionality, for which appropriate tests shall be carried out before the match. However, the referee can disregard the information provided by his watch during a match if he is certain that the watch is not working properly.

2. How can a referee check the functionality of the technology?

The referee and his team are obliged to check the functionality of the technology before it is used by means of specific tests. If the test results are not to the referee’s satisfaction he may opt not to use the technology. The decision must be made no later than 60 minutes before kick-off. The organiser of the competition must be informed accordingly after the match.

3. How does the referee receive the information?

If the ball has fully crossed the line, the goal-line technology automatically sends the match officials information to that effect within a second. This message is displayed on the watches of the referee and his team.

4. Will the technology also be used for other scenarios in a match?

IFAB has stated that goal-line technology can only be used to determine whether a goal has been scored and to display this information. No other information may be used as the basis of a refereeing decision.  

5. What is the association’s role in the use of goal-line technology?

It is recommended that referees receive appropriate training in the technology so that they know how it works before they use it in a match for the first time. An automatic feedback process should also be set up in order for the organiser of the competition to receive information after the match with regard to how the technology performed.