FIFA gives Goalcontrol WC green light
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FIFA has confirmed that Goalcontrol will be the goal-line technology provider for the 2014 World Cup.
The German company won the rights to provide the technology for this year's Confederations Cup and world football's governing body has opted to stick with the same provider.
Although there were no controversial goal-line decisions during the Confederations Cup, FIFA declared itself satisfied following an evaluation process, with GoalControl correctly indicating all 68 of the tournament's goals. The Goalcontrol system uses 14 cameras, seven at each end of the pitch, to calculate if the ball has crossed the line and is accurate to within a few millimetres.
It then sends an encrypted radio message to the referee to aid them with their decision making. Use of the system will be subject to a final installation test in each stadium in Brazil, in addition to a series of pre-match tests conducted by the match officials.
The Premier League uses the Hawk-Eye Goal Decision System, which was used for the first time in English football at this year's Community Shield last between Manchester United and Wigan at Wembley.
FIFA issued a statement stating: "Today's announcement follows an evaluation process in which the relevant departments within FIFA examined the use of GoalControl-4D during the FIFA Confederations Cup.
"While there were no goal-line incidents in which the technology was required to determine whether a goal had been scored, the system met all necessary FIFA requirements and indicated every one of the 68 goals correctly. Importantly, there was also a high-level of satisfaction reported by match officials.
"Furthermore, FIFA can today confirm that GLT will be used at the FIFA Club World Cup to be played in Morocco from 11-21 December 2013 and that GoalControl GmbH will be the official GLT provider for the event.
"The use of GoalControl-4D in Morocco and Brazil will be subject to a final installation test at each stadium, which is a standard procedure as part of the official certification process defined in the GLT Testing Manual.
"These tests will be conducted by an independent test institute. Prior to the start of every game, the match officials will also carry out their own tests, in-line with the operational procedures approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB)."