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Thursday 05 July 2012

Goal-line technology gets green light

The International Football Association Board sanctions use of Hawk-Eye and GoalRef

Goal-line technology was first tested in a competitive match in Southampton earlier this year

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given its approval to the use of goal-line technology at a meeting in Zurich on Thursday.

IFAB has sanctioned the use of the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems after being presented with the results of goal-line technology trials.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke announced that goal-line technology will be used at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in December.

Chelsea will be involved in the tournament as UEFA Champions League winners.

"The Premier League has been a long-term advocate of goal line technology"
- Premier League statement

The Premier League has welcomed IFAB's decision.

"The Premier League has been a long-term advocate of goal line technology," read a statement.

"We will engage in discussions with both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible."

The Premier League has been involved in the development of goal-line technology since 2006, when it worked with Hawk-Eye on a system that was trialled in non-competitive scenarios at Fulham's Craven Cottage and then Reading's training ground.

In 2008, IFAB ruled against the introduction of goal-line technology but earlier this year, Hawk-Eye was trialled in a competitive match for the first time in the Hampshire Senior Cup Final between AFC Totton and Eastleigh FC at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium.

The GoalRef system was also tested in the Danish Superliga.

The two goal-line technology systems both made it through to the final stages of FIFA's testing process in March this year.

GoalRef utilises magnetic fields to determine whether a ball has crossed the line while the Hawk-Eye system is based on the use of cameras.

The use of goal-line technology has been put into sharp focus following some high-profile incidents, including at UEFA Euro 2012, FIFA World Cup 2010 and in domestic leagues across Europe.

IFAB is responsible for studying, modifying and overseeing any changes to the Laws of the Game.

FIFA has four votes on the IFAB board while the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs each have a single vote. In order for a proposal to succeed it must receive at least three-quarters of the votes in its favour.

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Key Points

  • IFAB gives approval to the use of goal-line technology
  • Hawk-Eye and GoalRef are the sanctioned systems
  • The Premier League has welcomed the decision