At the annual meeting held in Newport, Wales on Saturday, 5 March, 2011, it was reported that none of the ten companies which had been invited to test their technology last month in Zurich had been successful in meeting the criteria set out by the IFAB Annual Business Meeting on October 20, 2010. The criteria are:
- The technology applies solely to the goal line, and only to determine whether a goal has been scored or not;
- The system must be accurate;
- The indication of whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and automatically confirmed within one second;
- The indication of whether a goal has been scored will only be communicated to the match officials.
The FIFA President, Sepp Blatter said of the trial “We must first have the answer to our basic principles – accuracy, speed – which means the immediate delivery of the result – and a system that is not too complicated to implement. And we haven’t achieved these three things so far with our independent laboratory.”
In an interview with Sky Sport the FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, revealed that only two companies have come close to meeting FIFA’s stringent criteria on goal-line technology. Ten systems failed FIFA tests in February. Jerome Valcke noted that “Even as an empty goal, just throwing the ball through to the goal, only two companies reached 98% and 94%. There’s not one company who has reached 100%.”
Goal Line Technology will be discussed at the IFAB meeting in London 2012, when a final decision will be taken.
The IFAB did approve the implementation of the Additional Assistant Referees during the UEFA EURO 2012 competition in Poland and the Ukraine, to be part of the experimental phase. (The 2010 IFAB Meeting received a report on the eight additional assistant referees experiment that was approved at the IFAB Special Meeting in July 2010. The following events were approved for inclusion in the experiment: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) AFC President’s Cup 2010 (24-26 September); Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) Campeonato Baiano de Futebol Feminino 2010 (Sept-Dec 2010), Campeonato Carioca de 2011; Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FMF), Torneo Clausura 2011, Torneo Apertura 2011 and Torneo Clausura 2012; Fédération Française de Football (FFF) Coupe de la Ligue 2010/2011 (League Cup); Union des associations européennes de football (UEFA) UEFA Champions League 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, UEFA Europa League 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, and UEFA Super Cup 2010 and 2011. Also approved, but pending confirmation of the specific competitions, were official competitions of the Federação Baiana, the Federação Paulista and Federação Pernambucana in Brazil. The experiment phase will continue until the conclusion of the 2011/2012 season.
A special meeting of the IFAB will take place following the conclusion of the 2011/2012 European football season to discuss further the Additional Assistant Referee and Goal Line Technology experiments.
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