April 3, 2013

FIFA Names Goal Line Technology Supplier

FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter
FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter

By Micheal Mugote

The Federation of International Football Associations appointed ‘Goal-Control GmbH’ Company as the Goal Line Technology system
implementers for the 2013 Confederation and World cup in Brazil.

The German based company was selected ahead of the three other FIFA-licensed GLT providers who participated in the tender race.

“The use of goal-line technology (GLT) at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 moved a step closer with us (FIFA) confirming the appointment of
GoalControl GmbH as the official GLT provider for the tournament” reads a statement from FIFA. GoalControl GmbH Company that will use 14 high-speed cameras around the pitch as part of its GoalControl-4 D system was allowed to notify all participating companies of the decision.

While all four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements of the FIFA Quality Programme, the final decision was
based on criteria relating more specifically to the duo upcoming tournaments including the company’s ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of each GLT system in relation to FIFA match operations.

Nigeria will represent Africa at 2013 Confederation cup and the Eagles stand a chance of testing the system.

More about GLT

In association football, goal-line technology is a method used to determine when the ball has completely crossed the goal line with the
assistance of electronic devices and at the same time assisting the referee in calling a goal or not. The objective of goal-line technology (GLT) is not to replace the role of the officials, but rather to support them in their decision-making.

The GLT must provide a clear indication as to whether the ball has fully crossed the line, and this information will serve to assist the referee in taking his final decision. In the wake of controversial calls made in the Premier League, 2010 World Cup and the Euro 2012.

In December 2012, FIFA announced it would introduce goal-line technology in a competitive match for the first time at the 2012 FIFA
Club World Cup in Japan. While advocates for goal-line technology maintain that it would significantly reduce refereeing errors during play, there are also criticisms of the technology. Much of the criticism comes from within FIFA itself including FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Background

The question of the inclusion of goal-line technology began to be raised in 2000 as a result of a penalty shootout during that year’s
Africa Cup of Nations final, when Victor Ikpeba’s penalty for Nigeria against Cameroon was deemed by the referee not to have crossed the
line after deflecting off the crossbar. To the contrary, television replays showed that it had. Cameroon went on to win the shootout.

Another instance of a controversial call was Chelsea’s 2–1 victory over Tottenham in 2011. Frank Lampard hit a shot just before halftime
that slipped through the legs of Tottenham’s goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, and almost crossed the line before being tipped back into play,
however the assistant called for a goal and Chelsea tied the game. Chelsea were credited with another goal that did not cross the line
against the same opponents in the 2012 FA Cup semi-finals, leading again to calls for goal-line technology

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