Back in the 2010 World Cup, England faced Germany in the second round in Bloemfontein. Down 2-1 in the first half, England's Frank Lampard made a shot on goal that bounced off the crossbar and landed fully over the goal line. Unfortunately, match officials didn't see it and didn't award England the goal that would have tied the match. Germany would then go on to win 4-1.
FIFA (Federation of International Football Association) president Sepp Blatter was watching that 2010 match and decided there and then that he wasn't going to let a mistake such as the one that happened to England happen again. Changing his long held belief in the value of the human element above gadgets, Blatter said two days later that they would reopen the debate of integrating modern technology into matches.
On Tuesday, Blatter saw the fruition of his new resolve when FIFA committed to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
As of this point, the exact nature of that tech has yet to be decided and FIFA is now seeking tenders from companies that would like to see their systems used at the Confederations Cup in June and Next year's World Cup.
"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.
There are currently two systems competing for the contract. One is a camera based Hawk-Eye system which is used in tennis and cricket. The other, GoalRef, uses magnetic sensors in the goalposts to track an “intelligent” ball that is made by Danish company Select.
Both of the systems were in use at the Club World Cup in Japan back in December and passed all tests, though they were not called upon to confirm a goal. Also, both systems are equally fast in that they relay information within one second to the referee's wristwatch.
While one is sure to be in place by this summer, video-replay is to remain off limits for judgment calls. Thus the human element is preserved while allowing for technology to help make sure major mistakes aren't made.
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