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French league terminates goal-line technology contract

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PARIS (AP) The French football league has terminated the contract with its goal-line technology provider after a series of glitches.

The LFP had already suspended the use of GoalControl, the German system that was deployed at the 2014 World Cup.

According to L’Equipe newspaper, the league will launch a tender in February to find a new provider of the technology that determines whether the ball crossed the line.

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In recent months, the French league had repeatedly expressed its discontent with GoalControl.

Goal-line technology entered soccer after a goal was wrongly disallowed at the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA is already focused on fast-tracking the next phase of technology – video assistant referees – for the World Cup in June.

Goal-line technology and VAR were provided by Hawk-Eye at the Confederations Cup last year.

Ligue 1 the latest league to implement goal-line technology for 2015-16 season

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Ligue 1 has become the latest major European league, joining the Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga, to announce it will use goal-line technology during the 2015-16 season.

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The top-division French league will use a camera-based system, which will be able to instantaneously alert referees when the entire ball has crossed the goal line. Ligue 1 will not be implementing any further use of technological aids for referees, like instant replay.

During the 2014 World Cup, goal-line technology was used to determine that French national team striker Karim Benzema had scored a goal against Honduras in the two nations’ group-stage game.

While Ligue 1 joins the aforementioned household names of European soccer in using goal-line technology, one league that still has not implemented a goal-line system of any kind is Major League Soccer.

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According to an April 2013 report by the AP, the installation of goal-line technology would cost about $260,000 per stadium, and a further $3,900 to operate and maintain each game, which, MLS commissioner Don Garber says, forced MLS to look into “prioritizing how we spend our money.”

From an April 2013 story on MLSsoccer.com:

“Major League Soccer is a strong proponent of using technology in soccer where it enhances the game,” (then-)vice president of competition and game operations Nelson Rodriguez said in a statement. “We have met with multiple goal-line technology system manufacturers and we are carefully monitoring FIFA’s plans to implement one of them.

Sporting Kansas City were, perhaps, the victim of a goal-non-goal situation in Week 5 of the 2015 season, when Jalil Anibaba booted the ball off his own goal line after Jacob Peterson chested the ball into his own goal. A goal was awarded to the Philadelphia Union, but television replays were inconclusive as to whether the whole of the ball actually crossed the line. Sporting KC went on to win the game late in stoppage time, 3-2.





France benefits from first real use of goal-line technology in a World Cup


When Karim Benzema’s shot rocketed off the post and into the surprised arms of Noel Valladares, it was too hot to handle for the Honduran goalkeeper.

Or was it?

As the ball trickled into the net, the French striker began to celebrate, confirmation from the referee’s watch that the ball had indeed trickled into the net.

It marked the first major use of goal-line technology in World Cup play.  The microchip was only installed this year for the first time.

Replays proved to be inconclusive, but that’s what goal-line technology is there for, and the World Cup is clearly better for it. Thanks to the iffy TV replays, some complained on social media that the technology doesn’t work, and others (such as BBC’s Jonathan Pearce) had trouble reading the outcome.

The only point of controversy may be the advertised margin of error on the use of goal-line technology.  In an article on South Carolina’s The State last week, GoalControl head man Dirk Broichhausen said the margin of error is officially +/- 1.5 cm, but is more realistically around +/- 0.5 cm.  The goal surely looked of a slimmer margin than that.

Either way, the French were well on top and deserved the goal, and they continue to rip Honduras apart as the game progresses into the latter stages of the second half.

Here are shots from the replays.  The camera angles aren’t perfect, and the thickness of the posts exaggerate the imperfection, proving that cameras aren’t nearly as conclusive as the microchip.










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International board tightens standards on goal-line technology

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Systems of goal-line technology looking for FIFA approval will have to be even more accurate than before, after a International Football Association Board decision lowered the margin for error. Technology now has a 1.5-centimeter margin for error, as opposed to the previous 3-centimeter margin.

The IFAB held its annual business meeting on Thursday in Zurich, bringing together FIFA president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jérôme Valcke and the FA chief executives from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. If that seems restrictive, it’s because it is — but the IFAB also discussed ways to get more nations involved in the decision-making process.

Two new advisory panels will comprise “a Technical Panel and a Football Panel that will include different stakeholder groups from across the world of football,” according to a FIFA release about Thursday’s meeting. In addition, reforms will now go through a more detailed review.

“Whilst the IFAB composition will remain unchanged — including the four British associations and FIFA — the new advisory panels aim to improve the consultative process and foster a more proactive approach with a wider group of representatives able to bring new ideas to the table,” the release said.

Also discussed was “a proposal to increase the flexibility of substitutions in amateur/recreational football.” Any changes FIFA Laws of the Game can be proposed but not confirmed during the annual business meeting.

That type of reform must be carried out during the annual general meeting, Feb. 28 to March 2, 2014, in Zurich.

FIFA confirms goal-line technology for 2014 World Cup


After what it saw as a successful trial run at the 2013 Confederations Cup, FIFA confirmed on Thursday that GoalControl would be the official goal-line technology provider of the 2014 World Cup. The original contract was for both tournaments, pending performance in the first test.

“While there were no goal-line incidents in which the technology was required to determine whether a goal had been scored, the system met all necessary FIFA requirements and indicated every one of the 68 goals correctly,” FIFA said in a press release. “Importantly, there was also a high-level of satisfaction reported by match officials.”

GoalControl’s system uses 14 high-speed cameras around the field (including in each goal, as pictured), sending a signal within one second of a ball crossing the line to watches worn by all three referees.

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Before the big event next summer, GoalControl has the Club World Cup to ensure its system is up to par. The company beat the other three FIFA-approved providers (Cairos, GoalRef and Hawk-Eye) in bidding for the tournament.

Following FIFA’s example, the English Premier League announced prior to the season starting in August that it would be using goal-line technology, but its version is provided by United Kingdom-based Hawk-Eye. Cairos, GoalRef and GoalControl are all German companies.

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At the moment, the 20 Premier League stadiums and six Confederations Cup venues are the only FIFA-certified goal-line technology instillations. Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said in the past that the top American league would not adopt any form of the technology in the near future, citing high cost of installation and operation.