Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FIFA OKAYS GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY FOR 2014 WORLD CUP,FIFTY YEARS AFTER GEOFF HURST CONTROVERSIAL STRIKE

Sepp Blatter

Football world governing body, FIFA have confirmed goal-line technology will be in place for the 2014 World Cup as it invited tenders to provide the system.

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, had previously stated his commitment to bringing in goal-line technology for the tournament in Brazil, almost 50 years after Geoff Hurst's controversial strike in the 1966 World Cup final.

It was trialled at the Club World Cup in December and FIFA will now roll it out for this summer's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.

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FIFA said in a statement: '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 FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

'The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests.

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'With different technologies on the market, FIFA has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil.'

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef both have FIFA approval and are set to compete against each other, and possibly other manufacturers, for the World Cup rights.

HawkEye involves the use of cameras, while GoalRef is a more scientific system, involving 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.

FIFA said: 'The two GLT providers already licensed under FIFA's Quality Programme for GLT, and other GLT providers currently in the licensing process (that must have passed all relevant tests as of today) are invited to submit tenders.

'Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April.'

The governing bodies' decision mirror's the Barclays Premier League's plans to introduce the technology in coming seasons. 

After a long list of controversies the game is ready for change. 

The International FA Board (IFAB) gave the go-ahead to both the Hawk-Eye and the GoalRef systems at a meeting in Zurich last year.

The Premier League vowed to bring in goal-line technology 'as soon as is practically possible' following the IFAB's landmark decision.

The Club World Cup in Tokyo involving Chelsea was the first event where the technology was introduced, although it wasn’t needed during any of the Blues' matches.

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