Hawk-Eye chief coy on timescale of goal-line technology as testing begins at St Mary's
16:55 GMT, 10 May 2012
Hawk-Eye managing director Steve
Carter believes their goal-line technology is on course to be licensed
by FIFA, but would not speculate on its use in the Premier League next
The British company and German-Danish
firm GoalRef are vying to be approved as authorised suppliers of
goal-line technology and were chosen for the next testing phase by the
International Football Association Board (IFAB).
Spot the ball: EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology) test the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system at St Mary's Stadium
The second phase of testing on Hawk-Eye's system began at the St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on Thursday, where independent body Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) undertook on-field research.
The process will continue on Friday and next week the system will be tried in the Hampshire Senior Cup final between Eastleigh and AFC Totton, with another match to be tested as well before the IFAB decide on July 2 whether to approve the system.
'It is tremendously exciting and it will be the highest profile and biggest sport that we do if we're successful,' Carter said.
Under scrutiny: A football is fired at a wooden mannequin to test the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system
'FIFA have appointed an independent scientific research institution called EMPA and they basically set a series of tests that we need to perform against.
'Subject to Hawk-Eye passing those tests, hopefully we will be approved for use as an official goal-line technology adjudicator.
'All of the results are confidential. We don't get to find out, but every indication is that everything is running very smoothly.'
EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology) fire a football at a wooden mannequin
Hawk-Eye's system uses seven high-speed cameras at each end of the ground to calculate a three-dimensional position of the ball, while GoalRef uses a chip in the ball which is monitored by magnetic fields in the goal.
Both could be available for the start of next season if approved by the IFAB, but Carter was keen not to talk about timescales.
'It varies from ground to ground on how long it takes to install the system,' he said.
Net result: EMPA officials study the results
'At the moment all of our concentration and energy is on doing as well as we can, making the technology as good as possible and making sure that we get excellent results from phase two.
'The roll out of that technology is something we have a lot of experience in through our work with cricket and tennis, but it is not something we are focusing on at the moment.'
Asked if it was feasible to have it in place for the start of the 2012/13 season, he added: “It is impossible for me to say right now.
'You would have to survey the grounds and there would be a lot of logistical things that we would need to go through and at the moment I don't have that information.'