The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has announced that the testing of Goal Line Technology will be extended by one year.

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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Flying the Flag: Nations Scoring Goals at 2010 FIFA World Cup

There were 48 games in the Group Stage of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. There were 101 goals scored. This graphic shows goals scored by nations competing in the qualification groups at the World Cup.

First Half Goals (42)

Second Half Goals (59)

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Goals Scored at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The official FIFA web site has detailed information about each game played in the 2010 World Cup. Given there will be a lot of interest in goal scoring after the World Cup I thought I would use the links offered by the FIFA video page of goals scored to create a record that might be of use in the performance analysis of goal scoring.

145 goals were scored in 64 games. (101 in Group Games, 44 in Knockout Games.)

Knockout Stages

These games include extra time (when required) and a penalty shoot out if scores remain level at the end of extra time.

There have been 16 games to date that have produced a total of 44 goals. Game 55 ended in a penalty shoot out (Paraguay scored 5 penalty goals and Japan scored 3). Game 58 ended in a penalty shoot out (Uruguay scored 4 penalty goals and Ghana scored 2). These penalty shoot out goals are not included in the total goals scored. The goals in the knockout tournament have been scored in the following quarters of the game:

Note: the FIFA web site uses a basic 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the game (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)). Extra Time uses two sets of fifteen minutes (90-105, 105-120). I have used these times to allocate goals in extra time.

Goals scored (team scoring goal named first with links to FIFA video of goal):

Minute in Game Goal
3 Germany v Argentina
5 Ghana v USA
8 Uruguay v Korea
10 Brazil v Netherlands
18 Netherlands v Slovakia
18 Netherlands v Uruguay
19 Germany v Uruguay
20 Germany v England
26 Argentina v Mexico
28 Uruguay v Germany
32 Germany v England
33 Argentina v Mexico
35 Brazil v Chile
37 England v Germany
38 Brazil v Chile
41 Uruguay v Netherlands
45 Ghana v Uruguay
51 Uruguay v Germany
52 Argentina v Mexico
53 Netherlands v Brazil
55 Uruguay v Ghana
56 Germany v Uruguay
59 Brazil v Chile
62 USA v Ghana
63 Spain v Portugal
67 Germany v England
68 Korea v Uruguay
68 Netherlands v Brazil
68 Germany v Argentina
70 Germany v England
70 Netherlands v Uruguay
71 Mexico v Argentina
73 Netherlands v Uruguay
73 Spain v Germany
74 Germany v Argentina
80 Uruguay v Korea
82 Germany v Uruguay
83 Spain v Paraguay
84 Netherlands v Slovakia
89 Germany v Argentina
90 Slovakia v Netherlands
90 Uruguay v Netherlands
93 Ghana v USA
116 Spain v Netherlands

Qualification Tournament

There were 48 games in the qualifying tournament that produced a total of 101 goals. These goals have been scored in the following quarters of the game:

Note: the FIFA web site uses a basic 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the game (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)). Extra time has two periods

Goals scored in the 48 Qualification Games (team scoring goal named first):

Minute in Game Goal
4 England v USA
6 Argentina v Nigeria
7 Korea v Greece
7 New Zealand v Italy
8 Germany v Australia
10 Cameroon v Denmark
11 Australia v Ghana
12 Nigeria v Korea
13 Slovenia v USA
14 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
16 Nigeria v Greece
17 Argentina v Korea
17 Spain v Honduras
17 Japan v Denmark
20 South Africa v France
20 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
23 England v Slovenia
24 Uruguay v South Africa
24 Spain v Chile
25 Ghana v Australia
25 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
25 Slovakia v Italy
26 Germany v Australia
27 Paraguay v Slovakia
29 Italy v New Zealand
29 Portugal v Korea DPR
30 Japan v Denmark
33 Argentina v Korea
33 Denmark v Cameroon
34 Chile v Honduras
36 Netherlands v Cameroon
37 South Africa v France
37 Spain v Chile
38 Serbia v Germany
38 Korea v Nigeria
39 Japan v Cameroon
39 Paraguay v Italy
40 USA v England
42 Slovenia v USA
43 Uruguay v Mexico
44 Greece v Nigeria
45 Korea v Argentina
46 Netherlands v Denmark
47 Chile v Spain
48 USA v Slovenia
49 Korea v Nigeria
50 Slovakia v New Zealand
50 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
51 Spain v Honduras
52 Korea v Greece
52 Switzerland v Spain
53 Netherlands v Japan
53 Portugal v Korea DPR
55 South Africa v Mexico
55 Brazil v Korea DPR
56 Portugal v Korea DPR
60 Portugal v Korea DPR
60 Germany v Ghana
61 Denmark v Cameroon
62 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
63 Italy v Paraguay
64 Mexico v France
65 Cameroon v Netherlands
68 Germany v Australia
69 Nigeria v Korea
69 Australia v Serbia
70 Germany v Australia
70 France v South Africa
71 Greece v Nigeria
72 Brazil v Korea DPR
73 Australia v Serbia
73 Slovakia v Italy
75 Chile v Switzerland
76 Argentina v Korea
77 Argentina v Greece
79 Mexico v South Africa
79 Slovenia v Algeria
79 Mexico v France
79 Cote d’Ivoire v Brazil
80 Uruguay v South Africa
80 Argentina v Korea
81 Portugal v Korea DPR
81 Italy v Slovakia
81 Denmark v Japan
82 USA v Slovenia
82 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
83 Netherlands v Cameroon
84 Serbia v Australia
85 Ghana v Serbia
85 Netherlands v Denmark
86 Paraguay v Slovakia
87 Portugal v Korea DPR
87 Japan v Denmark
89 Korea DPR v Brazil
89 Portugal v Korea DPR
89 Argentina v Greece
89 Slovakia v Italy
90 New Zealand v Slovakia
90 Uruguay v South Africa
90 USA v Algeria
90 Italy v Slovakia

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Soccer City Stadium