FIH to introduce 'third eye'

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

The international hockey federation will soon introduce the 'third eye' to determine crucial umpiring decisions and to test the effectiveness of the additional

FIH to introduce 'third eye'

Chennai:

The international hockey federation will soon introduce the 'third eye' to determine crucial umpiring decisions and to test the effectiveness of the additional scrutiny. Steven Morris, communications manager of Federation International de Hockey (FIH), said the game's world governing body would examine the feasibility of a video umpire at the women's World Cup in Perth from November 24 to December 8. The trial would take the form of a dry run, with no involvement of World Cup match officials and no direct effect on the run of play. "Instead, an experienced international umpire not taking part in the match will be able to request video examination of crucial umpires' decisions to test the effectiveness of the additional scrutiny," said Morris. The experiment would provide feedback on important performance indicators, such as the number of times video was required, whether replay allowed for an unambiguous ruling and how long it took on average for a conclusion to be reached. The criteria for assessment, he said, would be restricted to decisions involving the award of goals in situations like whether the ball was inside or outside the circle, crossed the goal line or entered the goal and whether an attacker had touched the ball inside the circle. (PTI)

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