Premier League goal technology

The Premier League has said it will will use goal-line technology provided by the British-based firm Hawk-Eye from next season.

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How Hawk-Eye goal-line technology works

The system is millimetre accurate, meaning the decision could not be disproved by video replay, according to the company. Credit: Hawk-Eye
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. Credit: Hawk-Eye


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. 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.

Reports: Premier League to use Hawk-Eye from next season

BBC journalist Richard Conway reports that Premier League chairmen have voted to use Hawk-Eye goal-line technology next season.

The Guardian's Owen Gibson says the technology will be used in domestic matches from the first day of next season, which begins in August 2013.

Gerrard: Referees need goal-line technology

England captain Steven Gerrard has repeated that he is "all for" the use of goal-line technology in football.

He said that due to "how important football has become...these big decisions, they have to be right."

"Referees need the help. It's impossible to get every single decision right."

"Hopefully when we get goal-line technology, that will eliminate one of the big decisions in the game," he added.

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
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