FIFA approves 4th goal-line technology system

A fourth goal-line technology system is competing for selection
at the 2014 World Cup after FIFA licensed the GoalControl-4D
project on Friday.

GoalControl uses seven high-speed cameras trained on each
goalmouth, and passed FIFA-approved tests last month in German
stadiums in Duesseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.

It joins another camera-based system, Hawk-Eye from Britain, and
two German projects using magnetic field technology, GoalRef and
Cairos, seeking to win the FIFA contract. It should be awarded in
April for use in Brazil at the Confederations Cup in June and the
World Cup.

GoalControl owner Dirk Broichhausen acknowledged that Hawk-Eye
and GoalRef have a slight advantage after being used at the Club
World Cup in Japan in December.

”I think everybody has a good chance to win the tender,”
Broichhausen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
”At the end of the day, the organizers must see what is economic
and the best technical system with the best reliability.”

GoalControl-4D gets a chance to prove its worth in competition
at Veltins-Arena when Schalke hosts Borussia Dortmund in the
Bundesliga on March 9.

”It’s installed in Gelsenkirchen so it’s only `plug and play’
and switch on,” Broichhausen said.

GoalControl aims to impress FIFA – and leagues around the world
considering goal-line technology from next season – by its
simplicity.

”Our innovation, and also a difference looking to other
competitors, is that we can use standard goals, balls and nets.
There is no modification necessary,” Broichhausen said.

”We want to offer tournament organizers and leagues and clubs
not to have to change anything on the pitch. The investment in the
technology is enough.”

GoalControl is likely to cost ?200,000 ($260,000) per stadium to
install, and ?3,000 ($3,900) per match to operate, Broichhausen
said.

All four systems meet FIFA’s requirement that a signal is
transmitted to the referee’s watch within one second if a goal
should be awarded.

GoalControl, which was formed last year, already has a base in
Brazil to help press its claim to be selected for FIFA’s
tournaments.

”We have the logistics,” Broichhausen said. ”You can believe
that our technology is working and very trustworthy.”

FIFA’s ongoing tender process is the final stage of fulfilling
President Sepp Blatter’s promise in June 2010 that goal-line
technology must be used in Brazil.

Blatter changed his long-standing opposition to giving referees
technology aids after seeing England’s Frank Lampard have a clear
goal disallowed against Germany in a second-round match at the
World Cup in South Africa. England went on to lose 4-1.