Posted February 19, 2013

Goal-line technology approved for 2014 World Cup

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Referees will have the assistance of goal-line technologies for close calls during the 2014 World Cup. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

Referees will have the assistance of goal-line technologies for close calls during the 2014 World Cup. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA approved the use of modern goal-line technology systems for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, reports NBC Sports. The organization is seeking bids from companies to provide the technology with four potential providers currently; a final decision is due in early April.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wanted to provide referees with high-tech systems to assist with goal-line decisions during games. The decision was largely in response to an incident during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when England’s Frank Lampard had a clear goal denied in a game against Germany.

Among the possible technology solutions are Hawk-Eye, a camera-based system and GoalRef, which uses magnetic sensors. Both systems send information within one second to a referee’s wristwatch. Two additional German systems are also bidding. The chosen technology will be tested at the Confederations Cup this June.


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