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Premier League Chiefs Vote in Favour of Hawk-Eye Goal-Line Technology for 2013/14 Season

Thu 11th Apr 2013 | IT & Technology

British company Hawk-Eye has today been confirmed as the Premier League’s official provider of goal-line technology from next season.

The system, which has been implemented with great success in tennis and cricket, was voted in following a meeting of the top twenty clubs in the country. German firm, GoalControl, had hoped to secure the contract but the Basingstoke-based Hawk-Eye tender won out.

Hawk-Eye’s camera-focused method of ball tracking will now be a staple of each Premier League match and Wembley fixture starting from the 2013/14 season. The League actually provided money to help Hawk-Eye develop their product back in 2007 but that relationship has since ended and the company are now a subsidiary of Sony.

It is believed that Hawk-Eye beat off competition from FIFA World Cup GLT bid winners, GoalControl thanks to a recommendation from League chiefs taking into account cost, ease of implementation and practicality.

Speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester this week, former FA vice-chairman and strong advocate of GST said: "The Premier League will be the first league in Europe to introduce it. I have been on this campaign for six or seven years and now it's going to happen. The referees need help, the camera will always beat the eye, and every referee in the Premier League is in favour of it."

Posted by: Dan Carson

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