News broke this morning, via Grant Wahl and Sports Illustrated, that MLS has asked FIFA to be allowed to be the first league in the world to use video instant replay. Sepp Blatter has talked about his desire for instant replay recently, and his version would work something like this:
Blatter said coaches would have the right to challenge a refereeing decision once or twice per half, but only when the game is stopped. Once the challenge is made, Blatter said, the referee and the coach would watch the replay on a nearby monitor, whereupon the referee would uphold or change the decision.
However, there is another key quote at the end of this article.
Any change would require agreement from the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which serves as the guardian of the game’s rules.
I am not a big fan of the system proposed by Blatter, and not just because it is Sepp. More stops to the game, involving the head referee and the coach watching a replay, is not something that I want. However, there have been other suggestions on Twitter. For example, there could be a fifth official whose sole role is to constantly review plays. If a coach wanted to challenge a play, it would not require the official and the coach to step away; the fifth official would already have the video up and be able to make a quick assessment. I am sure there are plenty of other options as well.
What do you think all think about the possibility of instant replay? What form would you want it to take.