Following years of back and forth, FIFA has agreed to the first test of goal-line technology in a high-profile match with the camera-based Hawk-Eye system to be trialled during the upcoming England vs. Belgium friendly at Wembley.
Marking the first step in the long called for introduction of goal-line technology, the June 2nd Wembley based pre-Euro 2012 friendly that is expected to see a sell-out 85,000 crowd descend on the national stadium, the decision comes after weeks of talks between FIFA, the Football Association and Hawk-Eye.
Already present in tennis and cricket, Hawk-Eye’s camera based system will see six strategically placed cameras installed into both Wembley goals with independent testers to be privy to the resulting data whilst match officials are kept in the dark.
With the first live tests of the football based Hawk-Eye system conducted earlier this month during the less lustrous Hampshire Senior Cup final, the goal-line system is one of two being considered for future widespread use with the rival GoalRef system being trialled during Denmark’s friendly with Australia on the same day.
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