Thursday, 17 May 2012

Final Tests Start On Goal-Line Technology

Goal line technology
Germany's Manuel never watches Frank Lampard's ball bounce over his goal line in 2010

British-based Hawk-Eye is in discussions with the Premier League to introduce goal-line technology as soon as possible.
The company familiar to fans of cricket and tennis must pass rigorous tests ahead of a final decision on its introduction on July 2.
Hawk-Eye is already widely used in the sports of cricket and tennis
But its managing director Steve Carter is confident his 14-camera system will deliver, and says 'anything is possible' in regard to calls for its introduction as early as next season.

Though it is thought Mr Carter views it unlikely that the technology can be in place so soon, it is understood he has heard nothing official to suggest that Fifa would not allow the technology to be introduced during the next Premier League campaign.

Other potential starting points for the technology could be the World Club Cup in Japan in December, Major League Soccer or Brazilian league seasons starting in March 2013.

But the clamour for it to be introduced to the Premier League will grow to a crescendo when, as expected, the International Football Association Board adopts goal-line technology the day after the Euro 2012 final.

Mr Carter said his system - a mix of camera and mathematics relayed to officials' wristwatches in less than a second - can be installed in Premier League grounds in anything between three weeks and two months.
Goal line technology
GoalRef employs a computer chip inside the football
If the Hawk-Eye system is accepted on July 2, there would only be six weeks to the beginning of the Premier League season on August 18.

Stadiums being used as Olympic venues this summer, such as Old Trafford which could host as early as July 26, may present a challenge.

But it has not yet been officially ruled out that installation could take place earlier, before the technology begins to be used by all Premier League clubs later in the season.

The first time goal-line technology will be tested in this country in a competitive game is for the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium next Wednesday.

It is part of a four-part rigorous testing procedure laid down by Swiss-based researchers EMPA.
The first part of this final testing phase - a field test - was conducted in natural light and then under floodlights.

On Friday, at St Mary's, real players will be required to test the system before it is put through laboratory tests.

Meanwhile, Hawk-Eye's only current competitor, GoalRef, which uses a chip in the ball interacting with a magnetic field in the goal, will be similarly tested in June.

Most in football want the technology. Only this week, Hibernian were awarded what has been described as a 'ghost goal' during their Scottish Premier League 4-0 win over Dunfermline.

And in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool's Andy Carroll claimed his header late in the game had crossed the line, but it was not awarded.

In the past, Fifa and its president Sepp Blatter have been resistant to technological intervention in the game, but the FA in England wants it introduced as a matter of urgency.

Source: SKY News

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