Goalline technology to make World Cup debut in 2014

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Fifa has announced that goalline technology will be used during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It has invited official bids for the software ahead of this summer’s Confederations Cup.

Following a “successful implementation” at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012, Fifa will now consider which platform to use at the Confederations Cup also in Brazil this March, and make a decision in April.

The two goalline systems that have already been approved by Fifa are Hawk-Eye and GoalRef.

Hawk-Eye, which has already been used with great success in professional cricket and tennis, involves the use of a number of cameras, while GoalRef uses a magnetic field around the goal and an electronic circuit in the ball.

Other GLT providers currently in the licensing process that must have passed all relevant tests as of today are invited to submit tenders. Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April.

“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests,” Fifa said in a statement.

“With different technologies on the market, Fifa has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil.”

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