FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hailed today as a historic day for football after the International FA Board's landmark decision to permit its use in today's game.
Blatter told the BBC tonight Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in South Africa pushed FIFA to start testing technology.
Football Association (FA) chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne voted in favour of the motion.
Horne said: "It is a hugely important day. It is a cause we have had on our agenda for a number of years."
Hawk-Eye was tested at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium in May and a FIFA spokesman said today:
"We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the Football Association for their willingness to support the live match tests, a critical part of Test Phase 2 for Goal-line technology."
The Premier League have vowed to bring in goal-line technology "as soon is practically possible" following the International FA Board's landmark decision to permit its use in football today.
The Premier League wasted no time in hailing the decision, releasing a statement straight after the announcement.
"The Premier League has been a long term advocate of goal-line technology," the statement read.
"We welcome today's decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible ."
Premier League players this evening gave their backing to the introduction of the technology.
Goal line technology approved....losing the essence of the game, debate, human error etc...saying that Hawk eye in tennis is exciting!
Goal line tech given green light in Zurich. At last, better late than never. Great news...
Goal-line technology has been approved as part of the laws of football in an historic decision by the International FA Board (IFAB).
Two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, have been approved by the IFAB after passing a series of scientific tests.
Technology could be introduced into the Premier League as soon as the new year following the decision at a meeting in Zurich.
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.
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 on Thursday 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.