Nine systems to be tested in goal-line technology trials

22 Jul 2011

Nine goal-line technology systems will undergo tests in a bid to be approved for match-day use next season, FIFA has announced.

World football’s governing body did not disclose the nine Europe-based candidates, which will be examined between September and December by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Rule-makers at the International Football Association Board will study the results early next year and will invite the best systems to a second round of trials.

“Each company’s respective technology will be scrutinised across a broad range of criteria, in both daylight and floodlit conditions,” stated FIFA. “Using a pass or fail assessment system, the testing period will measure the technology’s recognition of free shots on goal, with 100% accuracy required, as well as static and dynamic accuracy tests, to 90% accuracy in the first phase.”

FIFA added: “Also under examination will be the individual goal-line technology systems’ transmissions to officials in the result of a goal, with both a vibration and visual signal required to be sent to the referee’s watch. This indication must be received wherever the referee is positioned on the field of play, or within the technical areas.” Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore stated earlier this week that he is hoping goal-line technology will be introduced in time for the 2012-13 season.