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SBD Global/April 3, 2013/International Football
FIFA Selects German Firm GoalControl As Goal-Line Technology Provider For Brazil
Published April 3, 2013
TOUGH CHOICE: In London, Dominic Fifield reported that FIFA "surprisingly awarded" the contract to GoalControl. The contract "represents a blow" to British-based firm Hawk-Eye, which "still aspires to provide" goal-line technology to the English domestic game. GoalControl was chosen "partly because of its ability to adapt to conditions in Brazil, with cost and 'project management factors' also taken into account." GoalControl Owner Dirk Broichhausen said, "Our innovation, and also a difference looking to other competitors, is that we can use standard goals, balls and nets. There is no modification necessary. We want to offer tournament organizers and leagues and clubs not to have to change anything on the pitch. The investment in the technology is enough." Broichhausen anticipates GoalControl will cost €200,000 ($257,000) per stadium to install, and €3,000 ($3,850) per match to run (GUARDIAN, 4/2).