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SBD Global/April 3, 2013/International Football

FIFA Selects German Firm GoalControl As Goal-Line Technology Provider For Brazil

FIFA has appointed German company GoalControl to provide goal-line technology at June's Confederations Cup in Brazil. The company will use 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch as part of its GoalControl-4D system. The system, if successful, will also be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (FIFA). The AP reported FIFA chose GoalControl over three rival projects: "GoalRef and Cairos, which both use magnetic fields; and Hawk-Eye, another camera system." GoalControl's system is "already used in tennis and cricket," and its English parent company was bought by World Cup sponsor Sony before it began FIFA-endorsed testing in '11 (AP, 4/2).

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).
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