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FIFA Gives Goal-Line Technology Green Light

Fri 6th Jul 2012 | IT & Technology

FIFA have given the go ahead for the introduction of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) which could be introduced as early as the end of the year.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) convened at FIFA in Zurich yesterday, for a special meeting under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

Following the conclusion of a nine-month test process that began in August 2011, led by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), the IFAB unanimously decided to approve in principle both companies that took part in Test Phase 2: GoalRef and Hawk-Eye.

This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in “real” football matches, in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for GLT.

A statement released by the Premier League following the decison read, “The Premier League has been a long term advocate of goal-line technology.

”We welcome today’s decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”

The IFAB was keen to stress that technology will only be utilised for the goal line and for no other areas of the game.

The decision now means revisions to the wording of specific Laws of the Game will be made relating to: Law 1 (The Field of Play); Law 2 (The Ball); Law 5 (The Referee); and Law 10 (The Method of Scoring).

The meeting also approved the use of Additional Assistant Referees (AAR) following a two-year experiment in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and EURO 2012. Following a presentation by the AAR Experiment Coordinator, Donald McVicar, the IFAB unanimously agreed that the use of two additional assistant referees be approved, acknowledging the support they can provide in officiating football matches.

It was also approved that communication equipment be permitted between match officials in the Laws of the Game.

 Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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