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.
Soccer’s governing organization said Tuesday that candidates
must pass two more rounds of tests at a stadium of their choice.
FIFA said the results will be presented to its rules-making body in
The goal-line debate reignited days earlier with another major
error by match officials. Chelsea’s Frank Lampard scored against
Tottenham on Saturday, with replays showing the ball had not
completely crossed the line. Chelsea won 2-1 to keep alive its
Premier League title hopes.
It was Lampard’s ”ghost goal” against Germany at the 2010
World Cup – his shot not counting for England 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. 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,” Blatter said from a regional
soccer meeting in Miami. Blatter said the technology could be used
for the 2014 World Cup and individual federations could adopt it
Systems achieving 90 percent accuracy in ”simulated match
scenarios” could be invited for more tests in March-June 2012. Ten
systems were tested at FIFA headquarters 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.