Four companies have gained FIFA approval for installation and maintenance of the goal-line technology that we all want to see in the game – which means the race is officially “on” as each fights for the plums to be awarded.
Last week came news from FIFA headquarters in Zurich that one of the combatants in the goal-line tech struggle had been awarded the contract for Brazil 2014. German-based GoalControl GmbH was named official provider for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Today, the rival counterpunch: The UK-based Hawk-Eye company has been awarded the next big plum in this back-and-forth, contracted to provide so-called GLT for Premier League games in England next season.
Both systems are camera-based, as opposed to the chip-based system that was also first tested last year in FIFA’s Club World Cup in Asia. The German-based system uses 14 cameras, seven placed strategically around each goal.
The Hawk-Eye system will be installed over the summer (at the cost of almost $400,000 a stadium); officials in England hope to have everything set, tested and ready for use in time for the annual Community Shield kickoff match in August.