Saturday, March 03, 2012

IFAB testing goal-line tech

Two systems set for final tests and could be in place by 2014
Football's lawmakers have revealed they will go ahead with final tests on two goal-line technology systems set to revolutionise the game.

The International FA Board (IFAB) will now run final tests on the systems - one by British company Hawk-Eye and the other developed by German firm GoalRef - ahead of a final decision in July.

Hawk-Eye is a camera-based system used in other sports while GoalRef uses a magnetic field with a special ball to identify a goal situation.

The second test phase will take place between now and June and ensure each system is robust enough to remain accurate in a match situation.

FA general secretary Alex Horne told a press conference in Bagshot, Surrey: "It's an important step forward for us but it is important that we do test it for failure.

"It must be accurate otherwise it won't be worth having."

Horne admitted it was "very unlikely" that any systems could be in place in the Premier League for the start of next season.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has already expressed his excitement at the developments and is keen to avoid a repeat of the incident at the 2010 World Cup, when Frank Lampard had a legal goal disallowed for England against Germany.

Blatter said via Twitter: "Exciting news that 2 goal-line technology companies meet criteria - now for further testing and decision."

He added: "If technology works we will use it in 2014 to avoid situations like the Lampard goal."

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