Fifa to decide on Goal-line technology decision

Goal-line technology
Frank Lampard's goal was ruled out for not crossing the line in South Africa Photo: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

A decade of debate over the use of goal-line technology in soccer could finally end today when the sport's rulemakers meet with an expected decision on the issue at the top of the agenda.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved goal-line technology in principle in March, pending the results of extensive tests on the systems of two companies.

These will be examined at the meeting today at FIFA's headquarters.

There are eight votes on the IFAB, with four belonging to FIFA and one each to the national associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a three-quarters majority needed to approve a change in the laws.

Michel Platini
UEFA president Michel Platini Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

However, the major opponent to goal-line technology is European soccer's governing body UEFA which on Saturday asked for the final decision to be postponed.

UEFA president Michel Platini has put his faith in a five-man refereeing team which includes two assistants on the goal-line and could also be adopted by the IFAB on Thursday.