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FIFA to take a look at goal-line technology

FIFA is studying 13 different goal-line technology systems which could help match officials make more accurate decisions.

sports Updated: Oct 11, 2010 21:14 IST

FIFA is studying 13 different goal-line technology systems which could help match officials make more accurate decisions.

FIFA said today that all the project proposals were presented last week, and will be further discussed at an Oct 20 meeting of its rule-making body, known as the International Football Association Board.

The IFAB, which determines the rules of the game, could raise the matter during meetings in Cardiff on October 20, although no decision on the issue will be made until the IFAB general assembly on March 4, 5 and 6, also in Cardiff to help set the agenda for its annual meeting next March when the laws of football can be changed.

However calls for goalline technology had increased, especially in the wake of a glaring World Cup blunder in South Africa when a goal scored by England midfielder Frank Lampard against Germany was disallowed.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter reopened the debate on using technology to help match officials after a series of mistakes affected the World Cup in South Africa, and helped eliminate England and Mexico.

Blatter had previously resisted high-tech help for referees by insisting that human error was part of the game.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: "I have said if we have an accurate and simple system then we will implement (it), but so far we have not had a simple, nor an accurate system."

The panel also is scheduled to discuss worldwide trials using additional officials behind each goal to help referees rule on goal-line judgments and penalty area decisions.

IFAB has scheduled the experiments to continue in competitions including the Champions League until June 2012. It could then approve the five-referees system for elite competitions instead of opting for technology.

FIFA did not identify the 13 companies making proposals, who will not present their systems to the panel next week.

They are expected to include the camera-based Hawk-Eye system which is currently used in tennis and cricket, and the Cairos team which has developed a microchipped ball. Both systems were rejected by IFAB in 2008 and again last March on grounds that it would disrupt the free-flowing movement of the game.

Swiss watch firm Longines also has been reported as a likely candidate.

IFAB is a 124-year-old body comprising the associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus FIFA representing the other 204 football nations. Each British member has one vote, FIFA has four and a proposed new rule needs six votes to be passed.

First Published: Oct 11, 2010 21:09 IST