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When is a goal not a goal - the need for goal-line technology?

When is a goal not a goal, when the referee and linemen don't see the ball cross the line.

The controversy carries on, ever since the Geoff Hurst "goal" in the 1966 world cup final and about 45 year on the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given its go-ahead for further evaluation of two goal line technology systems and revealed that the technology could be introduced to football as early as next season.

The independent test institute EMPA revealed that two of the eight companies involved in November and December’s first phase of testing, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, had met the criteria set out by the Board. Hawk-Eye’s system uses optical recognition with cameras, whilst GoalRef utilises a magnetic field with a special ball to identify goals.

The accuracy and robustness of these two systems will be assessed in a second phase of testing between March and July before a final decision on their approval is made at the Board’s Special Meeting in Kiev on 2 July, following the UEFA EURO 2012 final.

“It’s an important step forwards for us, but it’s equally important that we implement it properly,” said The FA’s Chief Executive Alex Horne. “It must be accurate or it’s not worth having, but we’re very comfortable that the technology is proving itself.” 

“We absolutely expect that, provided the companies fulfil the criteria, we will be passing the use of the systems into the laws on 2 July in Kiev,” he added.

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