Goal-line technology edges closer

Updated: November 24, 2011

Goal line technology is edging ever closer after the FA Chief Executive confirmed that it could be used as early as next season in the Premier League.

Alex Horne confirmed that FIFA have employed an independent testing team to try and determine which one of over nine different systems would be most accurate and best for use. “It’s possible we could see [goal-line technology] in the Premier League as early as 2012-13,” he told the BBC.

“It’s easy to make mistakes and we’ve all seen examples where the referee and assistant referee can’t see if a ball has crossed the line or not.
“We need to support them in decision-making.”

A decision is expected next July which could see the implantation of such technology in the Premier League in two season’s time. Horne admitted that the tight turnaround could prohibit the introduction for next season, adding: “Whether there is enough time for the technology to be bought, paid for and put into any league or competition for next season, I’m not sure.
“It would be really tight – but it might be possible for next season.”

One of the systems on trial, ‘Goalminder’, is due to be analysed in front of FIFA’s testers at League One club Rochdale’s Spotland home ground on Thursday night.

FIFA criteria for the technology:
1. The technology applies solely to the goal-line and only to determine whether a goal has been scored
2. The system must be accurate
3. The indication of whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and automatically confirmed within one second
4. The indication of whether a goal has been scored will only be communicated to the match officials (via the referee’s watch, by vibration and visual signal)

There has been much debate about whether or not such technology would improve football or not. Some argue it is needless use of modern day tools while others say it has to be implemented as other sports like Cricket and Tennis use “hawk eye” technology.

Remember this technology would not mean action replays like in rugby, it simply means the referee will get a buzz or something to say the ball has crossed the line.

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