According to Alex Horne (General Secretary of the FA) goal-line technology could be used as early as next season, once the current systems have passed the testing stage. He believes goal-line technology would help referees for tight calls and would be a huge boost to the game.

Apparently there are 9 systems being assessed, with tennis’ well known hawk-eye system looking to expand their technology into the billion dollar worldwide football industry. The Adidas firm Cairos which uses an electronic sensor inside the match ball is also one of the systems in contention. Once a ball crosses the line the sensor in the ball will be picked up by the electromagnetic strips behind the goal. Fifa have hired an independent testing company to oversee whether these systems will fall in-line with their strict criteria. Below are the criteria the systems will need to follow:

  1. The technology should only apply to goal-line, to see whether or not a ball has indeed crossed the line.
  2. The system should be able to indicate within 1 second whether a goal has been scored.
  3. The indication if a goal has been scored should only be communicated to the match officials via the referees watch in terms of a vibration or a visual signal.
  4. System must be accurate.

According to the BBC Fifa’s testers are set to visit “Goalminder” on Thursday, which was setup by Bolton fans Harry Barnes and David Parden. Their system uses up to 24 high definition cameras which are embedded inside the goalposts. The data collected by these cameras will be sent to and verified by a 3-dimensional imaging software that will be located on the pitch. These cameras can detect instantly if a ball has crossed the line and send a signal to the referees watch to notify him. It even takes less than a second for the entire process, so their system easily falls in-line with Fifa’s guidelines. The 2 founders also have another trick up their sleeve which is likely to persuade Fifa to invest in them. Their high definition cameras would be able to broadcast all of the goal-line images, providing huge potential for commercial revenues. We all know what Fifa are like once they see dollar signs!

Anyway there has been no guarantee that there will be enough time to implement such a system in time for next season, but the progress so far does seem like it is heading in a positive direction. It is about time the worlds most followed sport caught up with the use of technology in the game. Below is a video of what many people believe changed the minds of the football governing bodies to lessen their stance on the use of technology. Anyone remember this decision at the 2010 world cup?