Goal-Line Technology Update: July 2013

GoalThere have been some interesting news items about goal-line technology this week.

The GoalControl system was used in all six stadia in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, Brazil. There was no contentious goal decision in the tournament. After the tournament, Howard Webb observed:

TestFrom my point of view, the reassurance that the system gives us is a big benefit. The system has been reliable in our tests, we have no concerns about the reliability of the system and, to know that the biggest decision in the game of all – whether or not a goal is scored – has, not that it’s been taken out of our hands, but has been given some certainty. For us, it’s a big positive. A really big positive.


Nick Clunn has produced an infographic to explain how the the GoalControl system works. I have some information about the system in my April 2013 update too.

In England, the FA has selected Hawk-Eye to provide goal-line technology for the Premier League. At a meeting in June, the twenty Premier clubs voted unanimously in favour of a five-year contract with Hawk-Eye. Negotiations are continuing about installation of a system at Wembley Stadium in time for the Community Shield on 11 August.

MPAIn Australia, the AFL will test Hawk-Eye technology in all three matches played at the MCG this weekend. It will be used on a test basis only at these games, and will not be adopted as part of the existing goal review system.

The system that will be used is designed to allow the video umpire greater control over the vision available to make a decision. Ultimately the aim is to make the decision quicker and more accurate. The current review system uses broadcasters’ footage to analyse referred decisions.

Photo Credits

Frame grabs FIFA video

AFL image frame grab, Herald Sun



Goal-Line Technology Update: April 2013

I have been following FIFA’s plans for goal-line technology.

My last update was in February.

Yesterday it was announced that GoalControl GmbH has won the right to supply Goal-Line Technology at the 2013 Confederations Cup. The company will supply their technology to the World Cup in Brazil 2014, subject to its successful use in 2013.

GoalControl uses fourteen high-speed cameras (seven for each goal) around the pitch.

Source: Goal Control

FIFA announced that “Following a thorough analysis of the final proposals, FIFA appointed GoalControl GmbH as GLT provider on Tuesday, 2 April, and notified all participating companies of the decision. While all four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements of the FIFA Quality Programme, the final decision was based on criteria relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the company’s ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of each GLT system in relation to FIFA match operations. The respective bids were also judged on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation.”

The use of GoalControl-4D is subject to a final installation test at each stadium and will be conducted by an independent test institute.

Additional information about goal-line technologies.

Goal-Line Technology Update: February 2013

I have been following FIFA’s plans for goal-line technology.

My last update was in December.

Yesterday (19 February), FIFA announced:

After a successful implementation of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012, FIFA has decided to use GLT at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.


FIFA has launched a tender process for the provision of GLT for the two competitions in Brazil.

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, the two GLT providers licensed under FIFA’s Quality Programme for GLT, and other GLT providers in the licensing process (that have passed all relevant tests) will be invited to submit tenders.

A final decision about the successful tender is expected in early April.