FIFA sets July 2012 target for goal-line systems
FIFA has set a target date of July 2012 to approve goal-line
technology systems that could be introduced before the 2014 World
Cup in Brazil.
Football’s governing body said Tuesday that candidates must pass
a further two rounds of tests conducted at a stadium of their
”The final results of this evaluation will be presented to
(rule-making body) IFAB at a special meeting in July 2012,” FIFA
said in a statement.
Though FIFA’s update on a complex process was long planned, it
finally arrived days after the goal-line debate was reignited with
another major error by match officials involving England midfielder
Frank Lampard, this time while playing for Chelsea.
Lampard was judged to have scored against Tottenham on Saturday
when television replays proved the ball had not wholly crossed the
line. Chelsea won 2-1 to keep alive its Premier League title
It was Lampard’s notorious ”ghost goal” against Germany at the
2010 World Cup – when his shot did not count despite bouncing down
off the cross bar beyond the goal line – that persuaded FIFA
President Sepp Blatter to end his long-standing opposition to
technology and revive the debate. Blatter apologized to English
officials after watching Germany’s 4-1 win in South Africa.
Technology companies bidding for approval must tell FIFA in the
next month if they want to take part in tests scheduled from
September to December.
FIFA wants a system that ”is accurate, is not complicated and
allows making real-time decisions,” president Sepp Blatter said
while attending the CONCACAF congress in Miami.
Blatter said the technology could be used for the 2014 World
Cup, and individual federations would have the option to adopt it
FIFA has stipulated that tests will be conducted in daylight and
under World Cup-standard floodlights.
Systems achieving 90 percent accuracy in ”simulated match
scenarios” could be invited for more tests in March-June 2012, if
agreed by IFAB and a FIFA-approved testing institute.
IFAB has demanded of candidate systems that ”indication of
whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and automatically
confirmed within one second.” Only match officials would receive
Ten systems were tested at FIFA headquarters before the annual
International Football Association Board meeting in March but their
accuracy was unacceptable.
Hawk-Eye, the Sony-owned company whose ball-tracking technology
is used in tennis and cricket, declined to participate because its
system uses cameras that need to be set up in a stadium.
IFAB includes four representatives of FIFA and one each from
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Six votes are
necessary for approval.
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, the Welsh and Northern Irish backed
Blatter by voting to keep technology out of football.