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Companies asked to submit goal line technology

align=justify>Goal line technology providers have been asked to present their systems to The International Football Association Board.

The decision comes on the back of IFAB annual meeting in Newport, Wales with the deadline set for the end of November.  It is then planned for a selected companies to undergo a testing period ahead of the IFAB‘s next annual meeting in March.

Goal line technology has divided opinion within the game, with high profile incidents such as Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in the World Cup reigniting the debate.

Criteria from the IFAB asks that systems must be able to confirm whether a football has crossed the line within a second and any decision must only be communicated to match officials.  Paul Hawkin, chief executive of Hawk-Eye Innovations who provide system in cricket and tennis, has welcomed the move.

"It is good news [that goal-line technology is being considered] but it was pretty much inevitable.

"Fifa's approach will be sensible and I am confident we can deliver.  Our system for football is easier than for cricket, technically.

"Technology is not here to hurt anyone, it can only make things better."

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