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Camera-based systems favoured for English football

The Premier League and the FA are thought to favour two camera-based goal-line technology systems over magnetic-sensor-based competitors.

German-built GoalControl-4D, which has been given FIFA's international go-ahead, uses 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch which are directed at both goals and is perhaps the most simple of the four systems currently licensed.

It will cost around £170,000 per stadium to install and a further £2,800 per match to operate.

A graphic representation of GoalControl in action. Credit:

Hawk-Eye,designed in Britain, uses high frame-rate cameras which send a notification to a watch worn by match referees.

It has been tested at Southampton's St Mary's stadium and at an England v Belgium Wembley friendly - as well as having been widely used in cricket, tennis and snooker.

Hawk-Eye sensors used on goal posts at Wembley Stadium for the England v Belgium friendly in 2012. Credit: PA

Goal-line technology at home and abroad



  • UEFA currently uses extra referees stood behind the goal during its European club competitions
  • UEFA's president said in March that goal-line technology (GLT) was too expensive for the Champions League
  • Italy's FA, which also uses extra officials, said yesterday it saw "no need" for extra technology


  • The English FA have long been in favour of using GLT but were prevented from doing so until the International FA Board (IFAB) approved it in July 2012
  • Twenty Premier League chairmen will gather to vote through the use of a GLT system at a conference in Manchester today


FA expected to announce goal-line technology use

Frank Lampard's shot crosses the line against Germany in the 2010 World Cup, but the goal was not given. Credit: DPA

The FA and the Premier League are expected to announce details of the domestic use of goal-line technology in football today.

The sport's bosses, including FA chairman David Bernstein, will be speaking on the final day of the Soccerex Conference in Manchester.

FA voted in favour of goal-line 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."

Premier League vow to bring in goal-line technology "as soon is practically possible"

Manchester City win the Premier League title in May Credit: Press Association

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 footballers back goal line technolgy

Premier League players this evening gave their backing to the introduction of the technology.

Approval for goal-line technology

John Terry makes the clearance though television replays show the ball had crossed the line. Credit: Press Association

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.

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