FIFA has picked Goalcontrol to provide goal-line technology at the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Football's worldwide governing body Fifa has been shamed into adopting goal-line technology after a string of mistaken referee decisions. Now the organisation has named German outfit Goalcontrol to provide goal-line technology at the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014.
Goalcontrol's technology, which uses 14 high-speed cameras to track the position of the ball, was used at last year's Club World Cup, in which Chelsea lost to Brazilian side Corinthians. According to Fifa three other systems were also considered though it didn't say what they were, except that they had met the technological requirements.
According to Fifa, its decision to choose Goalcontrol's system was due to both the Confederations Cup and the World Cup being held in Brazil, suggesting that the British firm behind Hawkeye, a system that is used in cricket and tennis, might have a chance of winning the contract for future tournaments.
Fifa said the Goalcontrol system will be tested before each game using procedures that were first tested in the 2012 Club World Cup.
Fifa said, "The use of Goalcontrol-4D in Brazil is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system will be installed, which is a standard procedure as part of the official certification process defined in the GLT Testing Manual. These tests will be conducted by an independent test institute.
"Prior to the start of every match, the match officials will also carry out their own tests, in line with the operational procedures first implemented at the FIFA Club World Cup 2012 in Japan."
Fifa said it will hold a media demonstration in Brazil, presumably by asking Frank Lampard to take a 30-yard shot and then banishing him for his effort. µ
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