World soccer’s global governing body FIFA along with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced plans on Thursday to test goal-line cameras and a specialized soccer ball installed micro-chip for goal-line monitoring purposes.
The goal-line technology will first be tested at December’s Club World cup in Japan and if successful could make its way into action for the 2013 African Cup Nations and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The first system involves placing specialized cameras at several points which can find the direct correlation of a soccer ball to the goal-line. The second piece of technology involves placing a microchip directly inside the soccer ball, when the ball crosses the goal-line the microchip sends off a message. The two technologies are designed by GoalRed and Hawk-Eye.
FIFA went through two testing phases in order to approve both technologies which could eventually be used in tandem with one another to produce the best possible results.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter told CNN of his organizations decision to test the new technologies:
“It is a real approach of modern times in football. It is so important because the objective in football is to score goals. It’s a help for the referee.
“I’m happy, I’m pleased we are able to go forward. When it comes to high level competition and you have the technology and you don’t use it something is wrong.
“I have changed my attitude towards technology because of Lampard’s kick in South Africa. That was the moment for me to say ‘You are the president of FIFA and you cannot afford that in the next World Cup something similar will happen.’”
The goal-line technology appears to be a welcomed addition at least in some leagues, the English Premier league has welcomed the additional after years of asking for a better program that could eliminate bad calls along the goal-line.
Talk of goal-line technology has heated up since Blatter on June 19 tweeted:
“After last night’s match #GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity.”
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