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Goal Line Technology to be used in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

by Mark Tyson on 19 February 2013, 16:15

Tags: Fédération Internationale de Football Association

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Today FIFA confirmed that Goal Line Technology (GLT) will be used during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The organisation said that trials of the new tech had been successful at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012 so it would be used in future tournaments. GLT will now be used at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Tenders are now being invited by FIFA for companies to provide systems for the two upcoming Brazil based tournaments. A BBC Sport news report says that two systems have got FIFA approval already, due to their successful deployment in Japan. A system called Goalref uses magnetic sensors to detect a ball crossing the line and another called Hawkeye (also used in tennis and cricket) uses a number of strategically placed camera sensors to determine goal-or-no-goal. In addition there are expected to be two competing German GLT systems put forward. The tender should be awarded by April this year.

FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter has pushed for the adoption of GLT for quite some time. In an interview on the FIFA website last year he said that a disallowed goal by Frank Lampard in South Africa in 2010 spurred him on to find a workable GLT solution.

  • Interviewer: How did you feel when you saw Frank Lampard’s goal not allowed in South Africa?
  • Blatter: I was absolutely at a loss for words. I couldn’t even react. I was so shocked that the goal was not allowed. The next day, when I gathered myself, I made the declaration that we should start to consider the technology and look for a simple way to implement it.

Games are sometimes spoiled by decisions which viewers can clearly see, due to a few TV camera angles, are completely wrong. Blatter feels that these new GLT systems will help avoid such unfortunate events in future high-profile football matches.

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Blatter in rare “not a pillock” episode. It's been notable for that alone.
Imo way too little way too late. The amount of top games that I've watched that have been ruined by not having a video ref is unbelievable. We are only talking about the worlds most watched sport here and it's so far behind the times mainly because of that Blatter buffon. Goal line technology is one step closer sure, but there's still the millions of times the refs can't see if off sides, fouls off ball and just the normal times when the ref just can't see exactly what happened. So what can he do at that point? Ask the touch ref and hope he saw something? It's bloody ridiculous. There should be a video ref the whole entire game who can be referred to and asked to judge on certain decisions. But anyway that will never happen as I've been told a million times lol..too bad then I say. Then don't moan when your favorite team loses in the final of the FA Cup cos the ref was obscured lol, trust me it will happen sooner or later
I am not a huge fan of football but have seen enough to ask why goal line tech and video refs aren't used.

When there is instances like the one in the video above at the highest level it is just wrong.

From other sports I do watch they have actually go video refs etc in… you know moved with the times.
It should be this, plus a bloke with a bunch of replay systems and each team, like tennis, gets 2 or 3 chances to appeal. Be it penalties or throw-ins - it's up to the manager. That said, I guess something as instant as a goal could be exempt, but still, penalties and offsides can change a game just as much.
Ref + Google Glass
If somethings contested just show him a replay for him to decide.