FIFA approves 4th goal-line technology system
GENEVA (AP) — A fourth goal-line technology system is competing for selection at the 2014 World Cup after FIFA licensed the GoalControl-4D project on Friday.
GoalControl uses seven high-speed cameras trained on each goalmouth, and passed FIFA-approved tests last month in German stadiums in Duesseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.
It joins another camera-based system, Hawk-Eye from Britain, and two German projects using magnetic field technology, GoalRef and Cairos, seeking to win the FIFA contract. It should be awarded in April for use in Brazil at the Confederations Cup in June and the World Cup.
GoalControl owner Dirk Broichhausen acknowledged that Hawk-Eye and GoalRef have a slight advantage after being used at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.
"I think everybody has a good chance to win the tender," Broichhausen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "At the end of the day, the organizers must see what is economic and the best technical system with the best reliability."
GoalControl-4D gets a chance to prove its worth in competition at Veltins-Arena when Schalke hosts Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on March 9.
"It's installed in Gelsenkirchen so it's only 'plug and play' and switch on," Broichhausen said.
GoalControl aims to impress FIFA — and leagues around the world considering goal-line technology from next season — by its simplicity.
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