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FIFA approves goal-line technology for Brazil 2014

Football’s governing body confirmed the news about next year’s World Cup this afternoon.

Image: Shuji Kajiyama/AP/Press Association Images

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY will be used at the 2014 World Cup, FIFA announced this afternoon.

After it was implemented successfully at the Club World Cup in Japan back in December, the football governing body has given it the go-ahead for this year’s Confederations Cup and the World Cup finals in 18 months’ time.

“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests,” a statement reads.

With different technologies on the market, FIFA has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil.”

Hawkeye and Goalref are two systems tested in the past but companies interested in the tender have been invited to apply with a final decision to be made in April.

Calls to introduce GLT have been increasing in recent years due to several contentious decisions including Frank Lampard’s goal that wasn’t given against Germany in the 2010 World Cup.

While FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that he was opposed to it in the past, he has been persuaded to change his opinion on advancing how the game is officiated.

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