FIFA Promises Goal Line Technology for 2014 World Cup


After the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa many fans were left scratching their head as to why FIFA had not yet adopted Goal Line Technology (GLT).  Frank Lampard’s “no-goal” against Germany in the semi-final stands out, his shot deflecting off the crossbar and in before bouncing out of the goal. Lampard knew it was in. The fans knew it was in. The referee however, did not. The goal,which would have tied the game up 2-2, ended with a 4-1 win for Germany.The backlash was understandably enormous.

To avoid further incident and to finally bring the beautiful game out of the stone age, FIFA announced last week the implementation of goal line technology at the 2014 World Cup Brazil. Here’s a look at the Hawkeye and GoalRef technologies being used:



Hawkeye Innovations (which is owned by SONY) tested their goal cameras at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup. Their system involves seven cameras set up at various locations on the roof of the stadium that ‘track’ the ball. Two cameras are set up to create a 3D location of the ball and, according to Hawkeye, all seven provide “extra accuracy and redundancy”.

Hawkeye claim that their technology is accurate to a millimeter, and they also provide match officials with a special watch that will notify them once a goal is scored (I want one!). The system also comes with a high speed camera, providing TV replays that can obscure and hide the player, simply showing the ball positioning.

The GoalRef technology (part of Fraunhofer IIS and also tested during the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup) uses a chip embedded in a ball, creating a magnetic field around the ball. Another installation is made around the goal posts and this creates another, separate magnetic field. When the ball crosses the line, a special software analyses the reaction between the two fields and a signal is sent to the referee informing them if the ball has completely crossed the line. I.e goal or no goal.

Both technologies are seem very effective and it would be cool to see if they will be used any real world applications. While the GoalRef technology seems less invasive, the benefit of the Hawkeye system for TV broadcasters is unequivocal.

This is a big step for FIFA and its fans. Fans who can now enjoy the game, 21st century style.


Source: FIFA, Hawkeye Innovations, Fraunhofer IIS, YOUTUBE: FIFATV

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