Goal-Line Technology Tests Begin In September

Fifa finally decide to get their act together.

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Fifa will audition nine companies to test their goal-line technology systems in September to see if they can be used for the 2012/13 season.

The sport’s world governing body revealed the companies that had registered for the first phase of testing of the technology.

The technology will be tested across a range of criteria and will last until December with an announcement made next summer.

Fifa insist the systems must be capable of alerting referees when the ball crosses the goal-line, by way of a vibration and visual signal sent to their watches.

President Sepp Blatter had been an opponent of the technology, claiming the systems trialled to date had been unreliable and that the professional game should be no different from amateur and grassroots football.

But a number of high-profile refereeing errors – Frank Lampard’s shot which clearly crossed the goal-line during England’s 4-1 defeat by Germany at last summer’s World Cup – prompted a rethink by Fifa.

The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will carry out the independent testing on Fifa’s behalf.

They will report back to the sport’s rule-making body the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at their annual general meeting in London next March.

At that stage any company who failed the testing will drop out of the process, with reports on the second stage of testing and a final decision on whether the technology can be implemented to be taken at the IFAB meeting next summer.

IFAB will also consider the success or otherwise of the ongoing experiment with additional assistant referees at that meeting.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said this week he was hopeful the English top flight could be using goal-line technology as early as the start of the 2012-13 season.

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