6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET News Video: World Cup referees to use goal-line technology to settle the score

About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: World Cup referees to use goal-line technology to settle the score

1:52 /

The time-honored tradition of the FIFA World Cup is getting a surge of new technology when it kicks off in Brazil. This year, the referees will get a sophisticated camera network to help verify goals, cutting the chances of controversy. CNET's Kara Tsuboi explains how this goal line tech works.

[MUSIC] One goal can be the difference between winning and losing. And when you get down to it, that goal can be determined by mere inches. For instance, the ball's here, not a goal. You know, if any part of the ball is still touching the line, it's not. You gotta be able to see the green on the other side. And with the linemen so far away it can be really hard to tell if that ball actually crosses the line, especially if it's in the air. To eliminate any guess work for referees, for the first time at the World Cup FIFA will be using goal line technology at each match. There's been so many times over the past handful of years that. Balls, you know have been called in and they're not completely over the line and vice versa. Balls that, you know they've called no goal and it's, it's actually gone in. Here's how goal controls for these systems works. 14 cameras are mounted above the field, 7 at each goal. They track the balls that fly through the air in real time. If it crosses the goal line, the software program transmits a signal to the referee's watch within a second. It claims to be accurate down to 5 millimeters. And it's encrypted to prevent hacking. As a forward it kinda, kinda of against it cuz, I mean, it could take away from some goals that may or may not have been in. But I think overall for the game, I think it's a good, it's a good thing. That's the biggest stage, and there's just so much on the line that you know just clear up those decisions. Soccer enthusiasts hope technology doesn't change the spirit of the game. I think the argument is just affecting the purity of the game and the flow of the game. There's so much at stake especially at the highest levels. But accuracy comes at a price. Goal control system cost around $400,000 to install in each stadium. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi for CNET.com for CBS News [MUSIC]

New releases

SkyBell's smart buzzer puts outdoor security into focus
2:34 January 29, 2015
It isn't perfect, but this $200 Wi-Fi-enabled video bell will do more to protect your front door.
Play video
Quickly turn off the iPhone flashlight
0:49 January 29, 2015
Donald Bell shows you an alternative, faster way to switch off your iPhone's flashlight feature.
Play video
Fitbit Charge HR folds heart rate into its everyday fitness band
1:46 January 29, 2015
All-day heart rate tracking, and it doesn't cost much more than the old Fitbit Charge. The question is, do you need it?
Play video
This high-concept LED gets high marks
2:00 January 29, 2015
Don't let the hollow look fool you -- Green Creative's BR30 Cloud LED is a solid performer.
Play video
Super Bowl a no-drone zone, while ads swarm on social
2:57 January 29, 2015
Facebook will target users with real-time ads during the biggame and the FAA warns against flying drones near the stadium on Sunday....
Play video
What's new on Netflix and Amazon for February 2015
2:09 January 29, 2015
Find out what you should add to your watch list because these videos are either brand new or going offline very soon.
Play video
Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James
14:55 January 29, 2015
Roy "The Weasel" James was a true racing driver but to fund his habit he turned to a life of crime. Find out how he outran the Fuzz...
Play video
Induction meets sous vide in a cooker you can actually afford
2:04 January 28, 2015
Due on Indiegogo next month, the Paragon Induction Cooktop from GE's FirstBuild initiative might be the first must-own kitchen gadget...
Play video