The next football season should see fewer wrong decisions and disallowed goals, as the Premier League plans to use goal-line tech for the first time, the BBC reports.
The tech was trialled at the 2012 Club World Cup, with FIFA being happy with the results. While the Premier League hasn't plumped for one particular kind of technology as yet, it says it's in talks with two providers it refused to name. Hawk-Eye (currently used for tennis) and GoalRef were both used at the Club World Cup, so we could well see either of those installed on the crossbar.
"We're working on the basis of having goal-line technology in place for the start of the season," Premier League spokesperson Dan Johnson said. "All clubs will have to have the system, including those promoted."
Won't that cost a pretty penny? Johnson said they'll choose a system based on price, and how easy it is to install and use. He added that teams won't be able to opt out of using it, but stressed it wouldn't be too expensive for any of the 20 clubs.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that makes the laws governing the game, is due to meet in Edinburgh today. According to the BBC, the board will be told the first use of the technology was a "resounding success".
Compared to other sports, football has been surprisingly slow to bring in technology to help with decisions. FIFA has announced it'll use goal-line tech in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but it's about time, considering umpires in tennis and cricket have benefited from tech's helping hand for years now.
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