WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 — FIFA, soccer’s world wide governing body, has confirmed that German-based company GoalControl GmbH, will be the the official provider of goal-line technology for the Confederations Cup later this year and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The need for goal-line technology comes on the heels of numerous controversies where goals were disallowed at the highest levels of the game, notably Frank Lampard’s shot that bounced over the line after hitting the crossbar when England played Germany at the last World Cup and Ukrainian Marko Devic’s shot, which appeared to cross the line against England at the 2012 Euros.
The Germany-based company uses 14 high-speed cameras around the field and focused on both goal mouths. The ball’s position is continuously and automatically captured in three dimensions ( X-, Y- and Z-Coordinates) when it is close to the goal. If the ball has passed the goal line, the central processing unit sends an encrypted radio signal to the referee’s watch in less than one second.
“As part of the tender, GoalControl GmbH is also set to be GLT provider for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil provided that the performance of the system during this year’s Festival of Champions meets all necessary FIFA requirements,” FIFA said in a statement.
GoalControl beat out two other German companies, Carios and GoalRef, and British-based Hawk-Eye.
“While all four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements of the FIFA Quality Program, the final decision was based on criteria relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the company’s ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of each GLT system in relation to FIFA match operations,” FIFA said. “The respective bids were also judged on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation.”
FIFA has scheduled a media event to take place in Brazil prior to the Confederations Cup to demonstrate the GoalControl-4D system.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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