Posted on July 5, 2012
ZURICH, Switzerland — Goal-line technology is not a maybe any more for international soccer. It is reality.
FIFA on Thursday agreed to use GLT at the Club World Cup in Toyko in December, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The new techology was approved by the International Football Association Board, which makes decisions on the rules of the game.
Each competition will assess whether it will use such technology. The GoalRef and Hawk-Eye systems, which are undegoing test runs, are available to be used.
It is a much-needed addition because there have been a number of incidents at high-profile competitions that demanded the technology.
At the 2010 World Cup, England midfielder Frank Lampard’s shot was clearly over the line against Germany, but it was ruled to be not a goal. Germany went on to win, 4-1.
At the recent Euro 2012, co-host Ukraine was denied an apparent goal as replays showed Mark Devic’s shot had crossed the goal line before it was cleared by England defender John Terry England went on to win that group-stage match, 1-0.
“After last night’s match (GLT) is no longer an alternative, but a necessity,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on twitter.
Photo: President Sepp Blatter and FIFA agreed to goal-line technology. Andy Mead/YCJ
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