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Goal-line Technology enters Premier League

The Premier League and the football teams within it have all agreed that Goal-line Technology (GLT) will be allowed into the best league in the world as of next season. Every team gets hurt by incorrect decisions of whether the football does fully cross the line or not and it could decide who wins a league or gets relegation, but from now on, no mistakes can be made.

As of the start of the 2013-14 Premier League football season, Goal-line technology will be installed in every club’s stadium in the top division. There were four different possible choices to choose who would provide the GLT including Cairos, GoalControl, GoalRef and Hawk-Eye and on Wednesday it was decided that it would be between the German system GoalControl and the well-known British firm Hawk-Eye.

Yesterday, all of the Premier League football clubs and the FA got together for an official meeting and it was decided that Hawk-Eye will be the official providers of the GLT. You have probably heard of Hawk-Eye before as they are very well-known for covering the decisive technology in cricket and most popularly in tennis. The British based firm will use seven cameras per goal to detect whether the ball has crossed the line or not. These cameras are placed on the ceiling of each stand pointing at the goals and they are said to be “millimetre accurate, ensuring no broadcast replays could disprove the decision.”

Hawk-Eye will track the ball and if the ball crosses the line, the referee will be noted via his watch which will vibrate and have the word ‘Goal’ flashing on it within one second of the ball crossing the line. Once work has begun on installing it into the 17 clubs that will stay up in the Premier League and the 3 clubs who will be promoted from the Championship, it is estimated to take up to six weeks to be completed.

The FA are planning to have a Hawk-Eye system installing into England’s home stadium, the world famous Wembley Stadium, in time for the Community Shield which will take place in August. One of the most recent incidents to have made the FA want GLT was in the 2012 Euro’s when Ukraine were denied an equaliser against England when the ball clearly crossed the line. The officials did not see it as a goal and that match finished 1-0 to England.

However, the most famous incident in the 21st Century which caused major upset in England, was in the 2010 World Cup when England played Germany. The Germans took a 2-0 lead but when England got one goal back through Matthew Upson the momentum had swung in England’s direction. After that goal, Frank Lampard then hit a cracking shot which bounced off the cross bar, down behind the goal-line and out of the goal. It was not allowed as a goal when it should have been; that moment changed the game and England went on to lose 4-1. Fifa president Sepp Blatter said yesterday that Lampard’s goal played a vital role in the introduction of GLT into the Premier League.

Author Daniel Foster.
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