With great success in domestic leagues throughout Europe, UEFA is considering implementing goal-line technology for next summer’s EURO Championship in France.
If the move is approved, next season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions would also use the technology.
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First used in the Premier League during the 2013-14 season, the Hawk-Eye system sends a signal to the referee’s watch when the ball crosses the goal-line. FIFA used the technology for the first time in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.
Currently in EURO and Champions League matches, an extra official is placed on the goal-line to make the close calls in lieu of using video technology.
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino spoke at a news conference in Paris, saying a final decision on the matter would be made in January.
This has been on the table for quite some time.
If it happens for Euro 2016 then it will also happen for the club competitions for next season, the Champions League and Europa League. This will be in addition to the five assistants.
The final decision will be made in January but the executive committee was pretty positive in its mindset.
According to Infantino, the extra goal-line official would still be present, even if the technology is approved. The system has gotten great praise for it’s speed and accuracy, and it seems very likely it will be adopted by UEFA at the January meeting.