After much controversy and rigorous trial runs, world soccer governing body FIFA has surprised no one with their formal decision to use goal-line technology at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.
Goal-line technology got its first trial run at a major soccer event during the FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan in December. Although there were only two goal-line technologies (GLT) used for that event, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, FIFA insists it has up to four different companies vying to supply its services for the Confederations Cup this summer along with next summer’s World Cup.
"Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April," FIFA said in a statement.
Along with the two already approved GLT, it seems that two German systems have completed its testing and are expected to be approved for competitive use in the near future. Because official licensing of the new systems has not been completed the companies remain anonymous for the time being.
All of this goal-technology talk was spurred on by the now infamous “disallowed goal” by England’s Frank Lampard during the 2010 World Cup. With England trailing the Germans 2-1 in the knockout stage, Lampard drilled a shot in the 39th minute that went over the German keepers head; hit the cross bar, landed well behind the goal-line and bounced back out.
Neither the referee, nor his assistant noticed the ball cross the line and disallowed the goal, even though numerous video replays clearly showed the ball crossing the goal line. England would go on to lose 4-1 en route to being eliminated.
GTL (News - Alert) has been met with some resistance due to the high price in the past, but with the available technology to get the calls correct on the field, the price should be worth the accuracy.
Edited by Rich Steeves