Fifa announces GoalControl as providers of goal-line technology

Fifa have surprisingly named the German system GoalControl as the provider of goal-line technology at the 2013 Confederations Cup ahead of the British system Hawk-Eye and three other systems. GoalControl was only given an official license a month ago, and was picked to be the provider of goal-line tech for the 2013 Confederations cup and subject to testing the 2014 World Cup, ahead of Hawk-Eye GoalRef and Cairos.

“Provided that the performance of the system during this year’s Festival of Champions meets all necessary FIFA requirements (GoalControl will be used at the 2014 World Cup),” a Fifa statement said.

“While all four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements of the Fifa quality program, the final decision was based on criteria relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the company’s ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of each GLT system in relation to Fifa match operations.

“The respective bids were also judged on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation.

“The use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system will be installed”

Dirk Broichhausen, the owner of GoalControl, estimates the system will cost 200,000 euros per stadium to install, and 3,000 euros per match to run.  GoalControl uses fourteen cameras placed around the field to detect were the ball is, and can to adapt the whether in Brazil.

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