World Cup innovations deserve domestic use

The vanishing spray used by refereees at the World Cup in Brazil has been a major success. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

The vanishing spray used by refereees at the World Cup in Brazil has been a major success. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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It should only be a matter of time before referees in the A-League and potentially even at a National Premier League level carry a can of 'vanishing spray'.

The success of the new innovation has been clear for all to see at the World Cup.

It has allowed referees to focus their energy on the play and cut out some cheeky creeping forward tactics often seen in dead-ball situations.

Given the right price, it can't be too far off Australian shores - with the UEFA Champions League also planning on using it next season.

Goal-line technology has also been a success in Brazil.

While it is probably a tad too expensive for run-of-the-mill club games, it must be considered as a possibility for the biggest matches in this country.

Next year's Asian Cup is the ideal opportunity for the technology to make its debut in Australia, with matches like the A-League grand final also a great chance for it to be utilised.

With technology like it on offer the last thing supporters want is a mistake costing them a crucial match.

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THE chances of a repeat of the South Coast Wolves' nervy finish to last season are slowly fading.

Wins in both the under-18s and under-20s as well as a draw in first grade against Bonnyrigg White Eagles on the weekend helped the club increase its buffer on St George at the bottom of the Club Championship.

By no means is the club out of the woods but the situation looks a good deal brighter than it was at this time last season when relegation was avoided on the final day.

The Wolves (122 points) are now 29 points clear of the Saints (93) in the overall point score which assists with deciding relegation.

The terrific results over the weekend came after the club received the most exiting news in recent years - confirmation of a FFA Cup match-up against Central Coast Mariners at WIN Stadium on August 20.

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