FIFA picks GoalControl goal-line technology system

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed cameras — seven trained on each goalmouth — and passed FIFA-approved tests in February in German stadiums in Duesseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.

updated: April 02, 2013 23:42 IST
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Geneva: FIFA surprisingly opted for GoalControl on Tuesday as its goal-line technology system ahead of next year's World Cup in Brazil.

The German camera-based, ball-tracking system was the last of four contenders to join the race to win a FIFA contract and will first be employed at the Confederations Cup in June.

FIFA chose GoalControl-4D over three rival projects: GoalRef and Cairos, which both use magnetic sensor fields; and Hawk-Eye, another camera system which was considered the favorite. Hawk-Eye is already used in tennis and cricket, and its English parent company was bought by World Cup sponsor Sony Corp. before the system began FIFA-endorsed testing in 2011.

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