FIFA announces goal-line technology tests
Updated: 2011-05-04 12:22
ZURICH - FIFA on Tuesday announced a timetable for goal-line technology tests with a first stage to be held later this year and a final report to be presented to the sports rule-making body in July next year.
The announcement came three days after Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the English Premier League with a late goal in which, replays showed, the ball did not cross the line.
FIFA said that potential suppliers of the technology needed to declare their interest by June 3 and formally apply one month later, paying a $20,000 registration fee.
FIFA said the first stage of tests would be held between September and December and that systems achieving at least 90 percent accuracy in simulated match situations could be invited back for the second stage of tests between March and June next year.
This would be a more exhaustive set of tests to evaluate the performance of the technology under different weather conditions, proof of shock resistance, immunity to electronic interference and performance on different types of pitches.
All tests would be held in a stadium chosen by the manufacturers and behind closed doors, FIFA said.
A final report would then be presented to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in July next year for a possible decision.
FIFA conducted private testing for 10 systems in February but all of them failed to meet the exacting requirements.
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