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SBD/July 6, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Soccer's Governing Bodies Approve Use Of Two Different Goalline Technologies
Published July 6, 2012
LOGISTICS: In N.Y., Jack Bell notes the technology "will certainly arrive in time" for the '14 World Cup in Brazil. The decision to approve the goalline technology was a "landmark one for a sport that, unlike" the NFL, the NHL, the NBA and MLB, which have "been reluctant to tinker with rules or customs on the field." The Hawk-Eye system "has been used the past decade in cricket and most notably in major tennis tournaments." The system during soccer games "will employ six cameras at each goal to track the flight of the ball." Software is used to "triangulate the location of the ball, with an encrypted radio signal sent to a device worn by the referee if the entire ball crosses the goal line." The GoalRef technology "was tested in Danish league matches this past season." It uses a chip "embedded in the ball and sensors planted inside the goal posts and crossbar that emit electronic signals." Developers claim that GoalRef is "less expensive to install than Hawk-Eye" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/6).