World Cup Goal-line Technology

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 11:51 am (UTC-4)
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Brazil 2014 LogoBrazil 2014 marks the first time goal-line technology is used at the 32-nation football jamboree.

Fourteen cameras – seven focused on each goalmouth – will be used in all 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil.

The cameras will record 500 images each second, and a computer will process the frames.

Within a second of a ball crossing the line, the referee’s special watch will vibrate and flash “GOAL.”

The small German start-up company GoalControl created the technology, which has been used for years in sports such as cricket, rugby, tennis and American-style football.

A ball crosses the line of a goal during a demonstration of goal-line technology at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Reuters

A ball crosses the line of a goal during a demonstration of goal-line technology at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Reuters

On the eve of the World Cup, the company demonstrated the goal-line technology at Brazil’s famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the final will be played July 13th.

Officials from GoalControl and FIFA, world football’s governing body, say the system is 100% accurate.

GoalControl CEO Dirk Broichhausen. Photo: Reuters

GoalControl CEO Dirk Broichhausen. Photo: Reuters

During the demonstration at Maracana, GoalControl CEO Dirk Broichhausen mentioned a controversial incident at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

England’s Frank Lampard was denied a goal against Germany when his shot hit the bar and officials failed to spot the ball had bounced down just behind the line.

If it had been ruled a goal, England would have tied the Round of 16 match at 2-2, but Germany went on to win, 4-1.

The Lampard controversy is credited with helping persuade FIFA to adopt the goal-line technology.

FIFA officials say they’re sure they can trust the new technology, and more than 2,400 goal-line tests of the equipment have been carried out at several stadiums in Brazil ahead of the World Cup.

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7 Responses to “World Cup Goal-line Technology”

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  2. Ashenafi Abedje says:

    Nice blog, Sonny — which brings me to the following point. How about introducing this technology to the NBA and the NFL, and replace all those referees who habitually make wrong calls? What say you?

  3. segun Adeyemi says:

    Thank you for highlighting this, Sonny, on the eve of the 2014 World Cup. Guaranteed: No goal will ever go to waste again!

    Let the tournament begin!!

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  7. Adesanmi Adedotun says:

    There is power in Technology… What really happened in 2010 when Frank Laampard goal was denied ruined the game for England and I believed this is a better way to fight against such event ..

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