Goal-line technology in football: Two systems pass first Fifa tests
Goal-line technology in football edges closer to being introduced as two companies had their systems approved for further testing
Goal-line technology in football moved a step closer this weekend after two systems were moved through to the second stage of Fifa testing.
Goalref and Hawkeye will now undergo another series of examinations between March and June following the International Football Association Board’s decision to approve the second phase of examinations, with a decision over the final approval of the technology set for 2 June.
“It’s an important step forwards for us, but it’s equally important that we implement it properly,” said Football Association chief executive Alex Horne. “It must be accurate or it’s not worth having, but we’re very comfortable that the technology is proving itself.
“We absolutely expect that, provided the companies fulfill the criteria, we will be passing the use of the systems into the laws on 2 July in Kiev.”
Nine technology providers had their goal-line systems rigorously tested by Fifa in the latter stages of 2011, with Goalref and Hawkeye the only two companies to pass the initial examinations.
Meanwhile, Fifa has agreed to withdraw the proposed amendment to the law relating to a fourth substitution being used during extra time – but the proposal regarding fouls and misconduct, the so-called ‘triple punishment’, will be reviewed further.