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How Hawk-Eye goal-line technology works

Hawk-Eye goal-line technology
The system is millimetre accurate, meaning the decision could not be disproved by video replay, according to the company. Credit: Hawk-Eye
Hawk-Eye goal-line technology
The company installs 7 cameras pointing towards each goal. Credit: Hawk-Eye
The system is able to 'find' the ball, no matter where it falls in the net, according to the company. Credit: Hawk-Eye
When the system detects the ball has crossed the line it sends a message to the referee's watch device.
When the system detects the ball has crossed the line it sends a message to the referee's watch device. Credit: Hawk-Eye

Steven Gerrard: These big decisions have to be right

England captain Steven Gerrard said he was "all for" goal-line technology as it was vital that referee decisions are correct. He said:

"I am all for it. I think how important football has become, it is growing all the time, media wise and supporters. These big decisions half to be right, the referees need help. It is impossible to get every single decision right."

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Premier League to use Hawk-Eye goal technology

The Premier League has announced it will use goal-line technology provided by British-based firm Hawk-Eye from the opening weekend of the 2013/14 season as "it is about getting it right".

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said the league has been a "long-time advocate of goal-line technology", and has been working hard to get a system in place "as soon as practically possible".

The goalkeeper is blocking the ball on the left, but the image on the right shows the ball using goal-line technology.
The goalkeeper is blocking the ball on the left, but the image on the right shows the ball using goal-line technology. Credit: Barclays Premier League

Mr Scudamore said, “Football is fundamentally a simple game; whichever side scores most goals wins. So, when one is scored, or indeed not scored, and we have the ability through technology to definitively know whether the ball crossed the line we should absolutely use it".

“Principally it is about getting it right. Fans, players and managers exhort, strain and stress respectively for their teams to score or prevent goals being scored, so we as administrators should do all that we can to ensure the correct decisions are being made", he continued.

Hawk-Eye stood out for their "excellent track record in delivering for sport over many years" and the fact it was a camera-based system "was critical", he added.

Ex-Arsenal chair: Every referee wants goal-line tech

David Dein pictured in the stands at Arsenal in 2008.. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal and FA vice-chairman David Dein, who has long campaigned for goal-line technology, claimed every top-flight referee in England was in favour of having a system.

He said at the Soccerex conference in Manchester: "The Premier League will be the first league in Europe to introduce it.

"I have been on this campaign for six or seven years and now it's going to happen.

"The referees need help, the camera will always beat the eye, and every referee in the Premier League is in favour of it."

Premier League chooses Hawk-Eye technology

Hawk-Eye sensors on a goal during a test of the system at an England friendly at Wembley. Credit: PA

The Premier League will use goal-line technology provided by British-based firm Hawk-Eye from next season, it was agreed today.

League sources confirmed to the Press Association that the Hawk-Eye system was ratified at a meeting of the 20 top-flight clubs in London today.

A German system, GoalControl, had also been under consideration after submitting a tender.

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