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Goal-line technology approved for 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup

Feb 19, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

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Somewhere in England, Frank Lampard is asking, “Where was this three years ago?”

Lampard was the victim of one of the most egregious and notorious episodes of referee blunder (and human error) that could have been remedied by goal-line technology; his “goal” against Germany in the 2010 World Cup was no such thing, never mind that it crossed the line that day in South Africa.

FIFA today confirmed today that modern goal-line technology systems will be in place for the 2014 World Cup. The systems, first used last December in the FIFA Club World Cup, will get a test-run this summer during the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

There could still be hitches as FIFA has issued only a “tender” for the two companies now approved to install and support the technology. Given past foot-dragging by world soccer’s governing body on this issue, today’s announcement hardly makes timely and successful implementation a slam dunk. It does, at least, represent significant forward progress.

The 2013 Confederations Cup is an eight-team event set for this summer, a quadrennial tournament employed largely as a dry run for the World Cup a year later in some of the same venues.

Look for further updates later on ProSoccerTalk.

(MORE: No goal-line technology for MLS in 2013)

  1. phillyphannn83 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    How about just using a camera and two eyes?? I’m pretty sure it was clear as day to every single person watching on TV what happened. Why do they have to make it more difficult than it is. Its easy. You have an official that reviews a goal-line camera angle(which most high profile games have anyway) and you have your answer in 20 seconds. If we at home can see the result, why don’t the officials in the stadium have that same ability? What decade are we in again? Why the powers-that-be deem it necessary to use some sophisticated, unproven system to figure out what our eyes already tell us is baffling. They can’t come up with the simplest solution so they go overboard with some ridiculously unnecessary over-the-top system that is doomed to fail. Just use your eyes!

  2. mrhyperpants - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    About time. Football is so backwards with technology. They haven’t kept up to date like other sports have by adapting rules to work with technology and make the sport better. It’s got to a point that football is so far behind with its prehistoric views ideas and rules changes to make the game better. Need to kick the old farts out that run it.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    At least now we know what’s been holding up goal-line technology. Some guy in Singapore.

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