Bundesliga news

DFL: No technology before 2015

March 22, 2013
By ESPN staff

The German Football League (DFL) has announced that it will not be introducing goal-line technology in the Bundesliga until 2015 at the earliest.

Goal-line technology was tested at the Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012
GettyImagesGoal-line technology was tested at the Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012

The technology is set to be used by FIFA at the 2014 World Cup following successful trials at the Club World Cup last December, while the Premier League has also confirmed it will be using it from next season.

The DFL, however, has opted out, saying in a statement that the "possible introduction of goal-line technology'' in any form "will not occur before 1 July 2015''.

The statement added that a decision on its eventual introduction based on "all of the facts'' will be taken by its board of directors nearer the time.

The announcement was made as part of the rights to supply the official match balls for Bundesliga games from the 2014-15 season was put up for tender. As one option for goal-line technology is having a chip inside the ball, the DFL will consider this eventuality as part of the rights package.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report