EPL clubs set to adopt goal-line technology

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EPL clubs set to adopt goal-line technology

Goal-line technology will be introduced in the English Premier League in time for the 2013-14 season, the Football Association (FA) expects.

Last week, football’s world governing body Fifa awarded a German-based manufacturer GoalControl the contract to supply goal-line technology at this year’s Confederations Cup in Brazil and, provided the performance reaches the requirements, at the 2014 World Cup, also in Brazil.

According to reports, English Premier League clubs will meet on Thursday with goal-line technology set to be agreed for next season, 2013-14.

The FA also wishes to install the technology at Wembley.

“The [Premier League] club meeting is on Thursday so I’m expecting it to go through at that meeting,” FA general secretary Alex Horne told BBC Sport.

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed cameras around the pitch as part of its GoalControl-4D system.

“The GoalControl-4D system works with 14 high-speed cameras (seven per goal) around the pitch at the stadium roof/catwalk,” the company’s website says. “The cameras are connected to a powerful image processing computer system which tracks the movement of all objects on the pitch and filters out the players, referees and all disturbing objects. The remaining object is the ball and the system knows its three dimensional x-, y- and z-position with a precision of a few millimetres in the coordinate system of the pitch. When the ball passes the goal line, the system sends a vibration and optical signal to the officials’ watches. Of course, all camera images of such goal event, and also of all near-goal events, are stored and can be replayed anytime.”

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