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  • 19 February 2013, 13:54

Goal-Line Technology To Be Used At World Cup

Fifa has confirmed that goal-line technology will be in place for the 2014 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter, president of world football's governing body, had previously said he was committed to bringing in goal-line technology for the tournament in Brazil.

It was tried out at the Club World Cup in December, and Fifa will now roll it out for this summer's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.

"The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests," Fifa said in a statement.

"With different technologies on the market, Fifa has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil."

At present, only Hawk-Eye and GoalRef have been granted a licence by Fifa.

Both are likely to compete against each other - and possibly other manufacturers - for the World Cup rights.

Hawk-Eye is already used in tennis and cricket. The English company was bought by Sony Corp., a World Cup sponsor, during the testing process.

GoalRef uses magnetic sensors in the goalposts to track an "intelligent" ball, made by Danish company Select.

Both systems relay information within one second to the referee's wristwatch.