Goal-line technology has been approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) with the FA suggesting the tech could be introduced to the English Premier League during the upcoming 2012/2013 season.
Following years of controversial decisions and repeated calls for goal-line technology to be introduced to the beautiful game, football’s governing bodies have agreed to follow the likes of tennis, rugby and cricket in added tech to the highest levels of the game to aid referees in tricky goal-line decisions.
"The IFAB unanimously decided to approve in principle both companies that took part in Test Phase 2: GoalRef and Hawk-Eye,” an official IFAB spokesperson said. “This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in 'real' football matches, in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for GLT.”
Sending an encrypted radio signal to the referee’s watch the instant a ball has crossed the line, the two approved systems will be first used during the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan later this year with officials suggesting the FA Cup and Premier League could see the long called for tech introduced before the end of the season.
Describing a the Premier League as “a long-term advocate of goal-line technology,” and official statement from the English top flight added: “We welcome today's decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible."
FA general secretary Alex Horne added: "The Premier League need to talk to the two [technology providers] and the clubs. My understanding is that clubs are supportive and, in principle, as long as all clubs agree it could be introduced part-way through the season - it could be before the start of 2013-14 season, it could be part-way through.
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