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Youth Team
Mar 19, 2011
First of all I have to agree with PB and quite a few of the SZ contributors: in balance there wasn’t evidence enough to award a goal. Sorry Barry.
But the mind goes back to 1966. I’ve looked into that, and I have to say the (West) Germans had a point. A 1996 study conducted by the engineering department at Oxford University concluded that the ball did not cross the line entirely and that it was 6 cm away from being a goal. (https://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~vgg/publications/1996/Reid96/reid96.pdf)
An article in the Guardian 4 years ago re-visited the Hurst goal, and the following link includes video clips that may not be quite what we wanted to see:
I have to say that the very idea of the ball coming back into play after crossing the line completely implies that the point of bounce would need to be 11cm behind the back of the goal-line, and for me that already leaves something of a credibility gap.
As for investing a quarter of a million per club in technology, a rather cheaper solution would be to return to square crossbars.