FIFA made a historic decision by allowing goal-line technology in football. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke announced that goal-line technology has been given approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of two different technology systems which FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said they intend to bring the goal-line technology for the Club World Cup in Japan in December, next year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
After nine months of testing in England, Germany, Hungary and Italy, IFAB finally gave the go-ahead to introduce the controversial measures at a special meeting in Zurich on July 5.
Two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, have been approved by the IFAB after passing a series of scientific tests.
But the systems will be tested after the installation in each stadium is completed in order to make sure that they are working properly before they are licensed for use.
Valcke also mentioned that FIFA will be paying for the systems – around 250,000 US dollars per stadium – and leave them in place in the stadiums.