July 17, 2011; Frankfurt, GERMANY; Japan player Shinobu Ohno hoists the championship trophy after defeating the USA in the finals of the 2011 women

FIFA to Use Goaline Technology at 2014 World Cup

FIFA has announced that they will be using goaline technology for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. FIFA will be taking bids from companies with the technology to see which is the most suitable for the major soccer event.

“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,” FIFA said in a statement.

Per the USA Today:

Tuesday’s decision was expected once FIFA’s rule-making panel, known as IFAB, decided last July to approve goal-line technology at competitive matches after two systems passed extensive tests.

The camera-based Hawk-Eye system and GoalRef, which uses magnetic sensors, were used at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.

Those two systems were expected to compete for World Cup duty, though two competitors are making late entries in the contest.

FIFA said two German systems have completed tests and could soon be approved for use. The companies are not being formally identified until licensing is approved.

It is a great step for the sport and technology that is greatly needed.

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