WASHINGTON, D.C. February 19, 2013 — Goal-line technology will be used at the next World Cup according to FIFA, soccer’s governing body.
After a successful implementation of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012, FIFA has decided to use GLT at the upcoming Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 World Cup Brazil.
FIFA is finally getting series, following 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.T
FIFA wants to use GLT in order to support the match officials and avoid such errors in officiating. GLT systems will be installed in stadiums in Brazil and and pre-match referee tests will take place.
FIFA’s Quality Programme for GLT is already working with two GLT companies - HawkEye and GoalRef - and other GLT providers currently in the licensing process are invited to submit tenders. Those companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues in Brazil, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April.
According to Sky news “HawkEye involves the use of cameras, while GoalRef uses a low-frequency magnetic field surrounding the goal and an electronic circuit in the ball, with goal confirmation being transmitted in a fraction of a second to a watch worn by the referee.”
A FIFA decision on the preferred provider is due to be made in early April.
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