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FIFA confirms goalline technology

October 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

FIFA has announced that German company GoalControl GmbH will be the goalline technology provider for the 2014 World Cup finals following a successful trial at the Confederations Cup.

Frank Lampard disallowed goal England v Germany
GettyImagesFrank Lampard's 'ghost goal' in South Africa three years ago had led to goalline technology

GoalControl was awarded the contract for the Confederations Cup, plus the Club World Cup and the World Cup, in April but the deal was subject to the technology passing tests at the tournament in Brazil last summer.

FIFA issued a statement which read: "Today’s announcement follows an evaluation process in which the relevant departments within FIFA examined the use of GoalControl-4D during the FIFA Confederations Cup. While there were no goal-line incidents in which the technology was required to determine whether a goal had been scored, the system met all necessary FIFA requirements and indicated every one of the 68 goals correctly. Importantly, there was also a high-level of satisfaction reported by match officials.

"Furthermore, FIFA can today confirm that GLT will be used at the FIFA Club World Cup to be played in Morocco from 11-21 December 2013 and that GoalControl GmbH will be the official GLT provider for the event.

"The use of GoalControl-4D in Morocco and Brazil will be subject to a final installation test at each stadium, which is a standard procedure as part of the official certification process defined in the GLT Testing Manual. These tests will be conducted by an independent test institute. Prior to the start of every game, the match officials will also carry out their own tests, in-line with the operational procedures approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB)."


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