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TechnologyFIFA Selects Goal-Line Technology System for 2013 Confederations Cup & 2014 World Cup

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is only a couple of months away, scheduled to take place in Brazil June 15-30. A record-breaking 546,000 tickets have been sold to this event, a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In preparation for the big events, the world’s governing body of soccer, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has chosen the goal-line technology system to be used: GoalControl.

A German product, GoalControl is a camera-based, ball-tracking system. It uses 14 high-speed cameras — seven trained on each goalmouth — and had passed FIFA-approved tests in February in German stadiums in Duesseldorf and Gelsenkirchen.

GoalControl will cost $260,000 per stadium to install, and $3,900 per match to operate. There are six scheduled Confederations Cup stadiums and 12 for the World Cup.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wanted goal-line technology in Brazil after England midfielder Frank Lampard had a goal disallowed against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Competition organizers can choose whether decisions are shown to fans on big screens in stadiums and television viewers. What’s more, referees still have the final say on awarding a goal, or even using goal-line technology when it is installed. Furthermore, mandatory pre-game tests give match officials the option to switch off the technology if they doubt its accuracy that day.