An interesting innovation from Super 15 rugby is ''Ref Cam''. This is a head-mounted camera which the referee wears during the game. It shows what the referee sees and captures discussions with players.
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I think it is quite clear that this will catch on in rugby and, in due course, there will be calls for it in football. I'm not hugely in favour of video technology for review purposes but I think this would be useful for any number of reasons and I think this is substantively different.
It would help us understand what a referee sees in game and that may be particularly useful for those controversial decisions. It is easy to critique a referee when we have the chance to see an incident from numerous angles in slow-motion. This would show us precisely what they see but also show us all the difficulties that they face.
Moreover, we'd see the level of abuse that referees have to put up with. This, I'd hope, would lead to better on field behaviour. One constant complaint I've heard from referees in Sunday league games is that they gets horrific abuse and they feel that this cascades down from the top. If Wayne Rooney can scream abuse at the referee and not be carded why can't the clogger from the Coach and Horses?
Finally, it could be excellent both as a coaching tool for other referees but also assist an individual referee to reflect upon their own performance.
It seems like a no brainer. Will football be brave enough to adopt it?