FIFA, the world governing body of football has announced it is to make its decision of introducing goal-line technology to the sport next year following a two-stage testing programme for potential systems.
One of the sport’s most contentious and often criticised omissions, goal-line technology looks set to finally make an appearance in top flight football with FIFA President Sepp Blatter declaring the sought after tech that he has frequently moved against could be used during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Whilst this is a long way off yet, companies interested in supplying the systems for goal-line tech need to register their interest with FIFA by June 3rd with the first round of tests to be held between September and December of this year. A second round of testing for a shortlisted selection of candidates is to take place between March and June of 2012 ahead of the final decision.
Each company vying to provide the system used for football’s goal-line technology are able to select a stadium in which they would like to demonstrate their service with a 90 per cent accuracy rate required to pass the first stage and a 100 per cent success rate required to make it into the final selection process. In order to pass the systems are required to send an immediate alert to the referee’s watch that the ball has crossed the line.