Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Goal-line technology back on the radar

Football's lawmakers have moved a major step closer to the introduction of goal-line technology but ordered that any system to be considered will have to confirm within one second that a goal has been scored.

Yesterday's decision by the International FA Board (IFAB) — made up of FIFA and the four British home associations — to re-consider the issue just seven months after ruling out any technology was taken at the body's business meeting in Newport.

It comes after FIFA's U-turn on the issue following Frank Lampard's infamous disallowed goal for England against Germany in the World cup.

The meeting also confirmed that independent companies will be appointed to test the various systems — so far 13 systems have been presented to FIFA.

IFAB have laid down a number of rules about the technology, saying in a statement: “The technology would apply solely to the goal line, and only to determine whether a goal has been scored or not.

“The system must be accurate; the indication of whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and automatically confirmed within one second; the indication of whether a goal has been scored will only be communicated to the match officials.”

A deadline of the end of next month has been set for any other company to make a first presentation of their technologies to FIFA.