FIFA to launch goal-line technology for matches

FIFA to launch goal-line technology for matches

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In order to take accurate decisions while judging when the ball crosses the line in the game of football, FIFA is all set to introduce goal-line technology for the first time. The new technology will be introduced at the Club World Cup, where the magnetic field based system will be used at Yokohama Stadium.

The stadium will be equipped with a camera-based Hawk Eye system. The seven-team contest is all set to begin on December 6, 2012, when New Zealand’s Auckland City faces Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium.

Jerome Valcke, the FIFA secretary general said, “Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game”. Valcke added, “The tests are done; and the installation tests were successful.” The latest system is a British camera-based system, which is used in tennis as well as cricket.

Before every match the referee will test if the system is working with both the goals. However, the referee will have full independence and will take the final decision; the usage of the new technology is additional. Valcke also said that the technology will not change the speed value or the spirit of the game and that there is no reason to be against the technology.