Goal-line technology unused in 1st tournament

After eight games at the Club World Cup, few conclusions were
reached about the effectiveness of goal-line technology.

The tournament was the first to feature goal-line technology.
The Magnetic-field-based system GoalRef was used at Yokohama
Stadium, while Toyota Stadium was equipped with the camera-based
Hawk-Eye system. There were no close calls, however.

Both systems relay information to the referee via a vibrating
wristwatch in a split second. They passed all pre-game tests with
no problems but were never called upon to determine a goal at
Japan.

The closest the system came to being used was early in the final
when Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio dove to stop a shot by Chelsea’s
Gary Cahill in the 11th minute. Cassio trapped the ball under his
legs about a foot in front of the goal, but play went on as it was
clear that the ball never crossed the line.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said goal-line technology is being
well-received by referees.

”The referees are happy to have this help for them because they
know now if there is a conflicting situation they will get the
accuracy to say if it was a goal or not,” Blatter said before
Sunday’s final.

Any data that FIFA was able to gather from the Club World Cup
will be used as it looks to make a decision by the end of March as
to which technology it will use for the six venues at the 2013
Confederations Cup in Brazil.

FIFA decided to introduce both systems after they won
”unanimous” support from the International Football Association
Board panel.

Blatter was initially opposed to the idea of using goal-line
technology, but changed his stance two years ago when he saw
England denied a clear goal by midfielder Frank Lampard against
Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Blatter said FIFA should reopen the debate, although he insisted
it must involve only goal-line decisions. Video replay remains off
limits for judgment calls, such as penalties or offside.

”We are very confident,” Blatter said. ”The referees are
confident and the players are confident that they know if a goal is
scored or not.”