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Hawk-eye awarded Premier League contract for goalline technology – Exclusive

EXCLUSIVE: Hawk-eye awarded Premier League contract for goal-line technology from next season

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Net gains: John Terry makes a controversial clearance in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2012

FA General Secretary Alex Horne told BBC Sport earlier this week: ‘I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game. The (Premier League) club meeting is on Thursday so I'm expecting it to go through at that meeting.’

‘There are occasions (when GLT is needed) and we've seen them here at Wembley, we've seen them in World Cups, we've seen them 11 or 12 times in the Premier League this season alone.

Over Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

Over Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

Support: FA secretary Alex Horne is behind the idea of goal-line technology

Support: FA secretary Alex Horne is behind the idea of goal-line technology

‘So technology that says 'yes, the ball has crossed the line' and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me.

‘Particularly where it's a knock-out situation, incorrect decisions have less opportunity to even themselves out over a season.’

The Premier League are likely to ‘centrally fund’ GLT for its member clubs and the FA will pay for cameras to be installed at Wembley.

Hawk-Eye miss out on goal-line contract with FIFA after GoalControl seal deal

Germany 2 England 1 in goal-line technology saga as Hawk-Eye miss out on FIFA contract (but they could win Premier League deal)

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Net gains: John Terry makes a controversial clearance in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2012

How will it work
Each goal has seven high-speed cameras which track the position of the ball in three dimensions to millimetre precision every two milliseconds.

Within a second of the ball completely crossing the line, the referee is alerted by a vibration and a flashing light on his watch. All camera footage is stored and can be replayed at any time.

How much will it cost
It costs around 170,000 per stadium to install and 2,800 per match to operate

What does it mean for fans
Besides no more missed goals, an instant replay can project a 3D view of the ball’s movement on a virtual pitch to TV viewers at home or to supporters in the stand via the big screen.

PS…

But despite all that technology, referees still retain the authority to make the final decision.

It will cost around 170,000 per stadium to instal and a further 2,800 per match to operate.

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed
cameras to track the 3D position of the ball and promises to alert
referees within a second of the ball completely crossing the line via a
vibration or flashing light on a watch.

FIFA said the German company was
chosen owing to its ‘ability to adapt to local conditions’ in
Brazil. The bids were also ‘judged on cost and project management
factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation’.

The contract, however, is subject to
independent ‘installation tests’ at each of the six stadiums due to be
used for the Confederations Cup – three of which have still not been
completed.

Match officials will also carry out
their own tests before each game, just as they did during the FIFA Club
World Cup in Japan last year.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged using goal-line technology in Brazil after Frank Lampard had a clear goal disallowed against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

HAWK-EYE REACTION

'Sport teaches us many lessons, including accepting defeat graciously and having confidence in your ability to bounce back strongly. Hawk-Eye wishes FIFA and the appointed GLT supplier every success at The FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.'

Statement released by Hawk-Eye

A FIFA statement said: 'While all
four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements
of the FIFA quality programme, the final decision was based on criteria
relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the
company's ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of
each goal-line technology system in relation to FIFA match operations.

'The respective bids were also judged
on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time
schedules for installation.

'The use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil
is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system
will be installed.'

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

VIDEO GoalControl in action

Former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore of comic own goal fame hits wonder strike

Djimi Traore once scored a comedy Liverpool own goal, but now he's struck a superb effort (and it went in at the right end!)

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 13 March 2013

He doesn't score many great goals, or many goals for that matter, but Djimi Traore yesterday hit one of the strikes of the year to help his Seattle Sounders side reach the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Best remembered for his comical own goal for Liverpool against Burnley in the FA Cup third round in 2005, this time Traore hit a rocket from 30 yards to put Seattle 2-1 up in the tie against Mexican side Tigres.

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Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Liverpool's Djimi Traore looks back as he knocks the ball into his own net

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

The spaghetti-legged defender, who played for Liverpool, Charlton,
Portsmouth and Birmingham City fans during his time in England, saw the
ball bounce perfectly for him on the half volley, before hitting an
unstoppable shot past Jorge Diaz de Leon, and in off the crossbar for
good measure.

Seattle went on to win the match 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate), making history in the process by becoming the first MLS team to beat a Mexican club since the launch of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008.

The Mali defender is also remembered for being one of the most average players to win a Champions League medal, starting for Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 final in Istanbul.

Just four months after his mistake at Turf Moor, he gave away a free-kick in the first minute of the famous final, from which Milan scored through Paolo Maldini.

But he later atoned for his error with a crucial goal-line clearance, and picked up a winners medal after Liverpool's heroic comeback.

In his seven years at Anfield, the 33-year-old also won the FA Cup in 2006 and the League Cup in 2003.

His wonder strike for Seattle is only his fourth ever senior goal.

Traore has also appeared in European competition 35 times throughout his career.

And to think Matt Le Tissier, who scored goals like this for fun, didn't make a single appearance on the continent…

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

Djimi Traore of Liverpool

VIDEO: Traore's wonder strike for Seattle

Traore wonder goal

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VIDEO: Traore's less than wonderful own goal for Liverpool

Dermot Gallagher holocaust Sky Sports

Sky Sports presenters forced to apologise as ex-referee Gallagher makes 'Holocaust' blunder live on TV

Ex-referee Dermot Gallagher says official could have caused 'another Holocaust' during Celtic's 3-0 defeat by Juventus

Gallagher was referring to fifth official missing Alessandro's Matri's shot crossing the line in third minute of the Champions League encounter

Presenters Rob Wotton and Hayley McQueen say sorry minutes later

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

11:46 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:12 GMT, 13 February 2013

Sky Sports News presenters were forced into an apology this morning after Dermot Gallagher used the word ‘Holocaust’ live on television in reference to the incompetence of the fifth official during Juventus’s first goal last night.

Former referee Gallagher, a regular pundit on the channel, was asked why UEFA’s fifth official was unable to see Alessandro Matri's shot cross the line first time.

Claudio Marchisio followed up but he assistant referee – almost looking through the fifth official – gave the goal to Matri.

Blunder: Gallagher was referring to this incident where the additional assistant referee appeared to miss Alessandro Matri's shot crossing the line as Kelvin Wilson slid in to clear

Blunder: Gallagher was referring to this incident where the additional assistant referee appeared to miss Alessandro Matri's shot crossing the line as Kelvin Wilson slid in to clear

Gallagher said: ‘The problem for me is I don’t think there is any tangible evidence that they do anything.

‘But for a Juventus player following up a shot very, very quickly we could have had another Holocaust last night.

‘I am convinced that the assistant and the guy on the goal line don’t know the ball is in.’

His comments instantly created a storm on Twitter and presenters Rob Wooton and Hayley McQueen apologised live on air minutes later.

Hot water: Gallagher was speaking on Sky Sports News this morning

Hot water: Gallagher was speaking on Sky Sports News this morning

Daniel Dowle posted: ‘And that kids could be the end of Dermot Gallagher on sky sports, don’t think anybody will miss him.’

Peter Mackinnon wrote: ‘Don’t think dermot gallagher will be on sky sports again.’

Northampton 9 Harlequins 18: Mike Brown wants to be full back

Northampton 9 Harlequins 18: Brown throws down the gauntlet as he drives Quins on

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 22 December 2012

Mike Brown has made it known to Stuart Lancaster that he is not content to play on the wing for England and wants to be selected as full back. If Saturday is anything to go by, the feisty Harlequin may yet get his way.

In front of the watching England head coach, Brown produced a stellar performance as the last line of defence in difficult conditions to take the man-of-the-match award.

Harlequins grabbed a vital win over title contenders Northampton to maintain their position at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Not content: Mike Brown says he wants to play at full-back

Not content: Mike Brown says he wants to play at full-back

Even better for the 27-year-old was
the fact that Ben Foden was playing opposite him. Foden was back from
the ankle injury that kept him out of the autumn internationals in which
Brown started the last two Tests on the wing to great effect, while
Alex Goode played at full back.

Foden will be expected to press for a
start when England reconvene for the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland
at Twickenham in February in the opening RBS Six Nations match.

But he may struggle to make the
starting line-up, while Goode has been thrown down a direct challenge by
Brown — happy to play on the wing for his country, but preferring to
start at the back.

Getting his kicks: Nick Evans had an extremely productive day

Getting his kicks: Nick Evans had an extremely productive day

Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea
revealed last night that a four-man discussion took place at training
the day before Harlequins thrashed Zebre in the Heineken Cup last
weekend between Brown, O’Shea himself, Lancaster and England backs coach
Andy Farrell.

Brown made it clear he wanted to play
as full back. ‘Mike wants to play for England and, in my opinion, you
always play your best team,’ said former Ireland full back O’Shea, who
picked him in his favoured position on Saturday.

‘Stuart and Andy came down to watch
training the other week and the four of us had a chat about it. Browny
will play anywhere for England and he had a great autumn series, but
given a choice it’s at full back where he really wants to play.’

On the run: Ben Foden breaks through the tackles of Ugo Monye and Mike Brown

On the run: Ben Foden breaks through the tackles of Ugo Monye and Mike Brown

The watching Lancaster would have
noticed Brown’s commanding display and the way natural playmakers such
as scrum half Danny Care sensibly curbed their enthusiasm to play cute
in such wet, slippery and muddy conditions. There was also another
physical performance from No 8 Nick Easter, who remains out of England
reckoning.

But Lancaster would also have felt
some sympathy for Foden, who managed to burst his way across the Quins
line in the 22nd minute and score, only to find out that the pass from
George Pisi was judged forward.

Replays revealed that this was a
highly dubious decision and even O’Shea conceded it was probably a try.
‘The pass looked pretty flat to me,’ he added. ‘In these games, the
margins are always very tight.’

At that stage the score was 3-3, with
Nick Evans and Stephen Myler scoring penalties. Myler twice kicked for
the corner rather than attempting the three points after Foden’s
disallowed try. A further penalty from Evans gave the visitors a narrow
interval lead.

Battle: A tight match was won by Harlequins

Battle: A tight match was won by Harlequins

Myler equalised in the 58th minute but
three further penalties from Evans earned Quins a nine point lead. Ryan
Lamb reduced the arrears to six points seven minutes from time but
Evans, with the last kick of the game, confirmed a vital win for the
Londoners — 14 out of 17 this season in all competitions — and robbed
the Saints of even a losing bonus point.

Jim Mallinder, surveying the wreckage
of a fourth home defeat in five, was understandably frustrated
afterwards, especially regarding the Foden ‘try’ that was not given.

‘It’s ridiculous that with all the
technology on hand we don’t use it for situations like that,’ he said,
accepting that referee Wayne Barnes had already blown on the advice of
his touch judge, thus removing any role for the TV official.

As for Quins, with Brown in such imperious form, life looks bright.

Brian McDermott claims Christmas is ruined

Furious McDermott claims Christmas is ruined after Man City's late triumph

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 22 December 2012

Reading manager Brian McDermott claimed his Christmas had been ruined after Manchester City scored a late winner against his side he felt should not have stood.

Gareth Barry headed home in injury time as the champions snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win to deny the bottom club what would have been a hard-earned Barclays Premier League point at the Etihad Stadium.

McDermott felt Barry illegally jumped on the back of one of his players as he leapt to reach David Silva's cross but referee Mike Dean saw nothing untoward.

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Heartbreak: Gareth Barry struck late to deny Reading a point

Dean had been similarly unmoved when Jay Tabb went down in the area after a collision with City youngster Karim Rekik during a second half Reading counter-attack.

When asked about the winning goal, McDermott said: 'Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty – it was a penalty.

'We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us – all of which have cost us points.

'To get that wrong – I have just said to him (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that.

'He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back.

'It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else.

'But listen, the bottom line is we are Reading. We are a small club in this league punching above our weight.

'That will be irrelevant to you guys because Man City have won, but it is not to us.

'We love this club we have got, we have got a real passion. We will fight, we have 20 games to go, but we certainly deserved a draw today at least.'

He later added: 'But just to let you know, that has just ruined my Christmas.'

A seventh successive defeat was harsh on Reading but McDermott, whose side have accumulated just nine points from 18 games, is determined to battle on.

He said: 'We have to take consolation from that, we have to take the positives because that is what you have to do. We have got to move on.

'I honestly thought we were going to get something. Even in the first half there were a couple of incidents where we might have got something on the break.

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

Outrage: Brian McDermott says Christmas has been ruined for him

'I'm really disappointed for our fans today and really disappointed for the players because they didn't deserve that.'

Despite McDermott's frustrations after a resilient defensive display, City were the superior side throughout.

The hosts created numerous chances but lacked a cutting edge and manager Roberto Mancini was again left to bemoan his side's wastefulness.

The Italian said: 'I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult.

'These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong.

'They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score.

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

Distraught: Reading players wonder what went wrong after conceding

'When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem.'

The match was City's last home game of 2012 and they won it in a manner in keeping with the rest of the year, notably last season's title decider.

The win denied Manchester United the opportunity to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table and Mancini was pleased with the character shown.

He said: 'In this we have improved a lot. We want to recover so when we are losing we try until the end to score, to recover the game.

'Our character is strong. Sometimes you can win, sometimes you can't but I am very happy because we have recovered a lot of games like today.

'But it is more important to score before. If not my heart is not strong.'

Mancini had a different opinion on Barry's goal to McDermott. 'No foul, absolutely not,' he said.

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Complaint: McDermott was unimpressed with his side not being awarded a penalty

Phil Neville ready to return for Everton three weeks early

Everton boost as captain Neville stays on course for return three weeks early

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UPDATED:

23:08 GMT, 18 December 2012

Phil Neville is in contention to return to Everton's starting line-up this weekend three weeks ahead of schedule following a knee operation.

The Toffees captain underwent surgery to clean up his knee 33 days ago and it was initially feared he would be out for eight weeks.

However, his rehabilitation has gone so well that manager David Moyes is considering starting him against West Ham on Saturday. Neville's return would offset the loss of the suspended Marouane Fellaini.

Fitness fight: Phil Neville could return to action ahead of schedule from surgery

Fitness fight: Phil Neville could return to action ahead of schedule from surgery

Chelsea mobbed at airport in Japan as they land for Club World Cup

Warm welcome: Chelsea mobbed at airport as they land in Japan for Club World Cup

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UPDATED:

13:41 GMT, 9 December 2012

Chelsea received a fantastic welcome as they landed in Japan to participate in the Club World Cup.

The players were mobbed at Narita International Airport by adoring fans, who were clearly overjoyed to see the Champions League winners in the flesh.

Frank Lampard, who returned to action on Saturday against Sunderland was a particularly popular figure – and he stopped to sign some shirts and greet the supporters.

Pen in hand: Frank Lampard signs shirts for fans at the airport in Narita

Pen in hand: Frank Lampard signs shirts for fans at the airport in Narita

Happy man: Fernando Torres was smiling as he landed in Japan

Happy man: Fernando Torres was smiling as he landed in Japan

Red carpet Chelsea youngster Oscar has not been in many starting line-ups recently

Red carpet Chelsea youngster Oscar has not been in many starting line-ups recently

Manager Rafael Benitez would have been happy to meet some Blues fans who were not calling for his head.

The triumph over Sunderland saw the Chelsea boss record his first top flight victory after being controversially appointed by Roman Abramovich in place of club legend Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea will take on Mexican side Monterrey on Thursday morning in the semi-final of the competition.

Benitez said: 'The team still can improve, so it's a question of time.

'Training sessions before games, you have just two or three sessions and you cannot improve everything that you want to improve.

'But we will have more time, maybe, in Japan, three days in the hotel. We can talk, we can analyse more things and little by little, they will get to the level at which we want to see them.'

Better still, striker Fernando
Torres looked happy as he made his way through the airport, as well he
might after ending his Barclays Premier League drought with a double
against the Black Cats.

The striker had cut a miserable figure in recent weeks but was grinning on Saturday and smiling again this morning.

On the aeroplane he sat next to the other Blues' goalscorer in Chelsea's 3-1 victory, Juan Mata.

Spain stars Torres and Mata were the stars of
the show – the former nearly grabbed a hat-trick.

Warm welcome: Rafael Benitez strides through the airport ahead of the Chelsea pack

Warm welcome: Rafael Benitez strides through the airport ahead of the Chelsea pack

Ready for action: John Obi Mikel missed Saturday's game but should start on Thursday

Ready for action: John Obi Mikel missed Saturday's game but should start on Thursday

Hands man: Keeper Petr Cech reaches out to sign a shirt for a fan

Hands man: Keeper Petr Cech reaches out to sign a shirt for a fan

His venomous strike
smashed off the frame of the goal and fell to his compatriot, who
finished from close range.

Most impressively he demanded to
take a penalty – his first in English football – showing confidence
which had previously been missing.

Pals: Fernando Torres with Juan Mata, who tweeted: 'Off to Japan after a good victory at Sunderland! 12 hours trip close to the guy who scored a double...'

Pals: Fernando Torres with Juan Mata, who tweeted: 'Off to Japan after a good victory at Sunderland! 12 hours trip close to the guy who scored a double…'

Chelsea will be missing another Spaniard, Oriol Romeu, after he sustained an injury during the match at the Stadium of Light.

But they will be boosted by the return of John Obi Mikel, who missed Saturday's clash through suspension, and of Lampard.

The England midfielder made his return from a six-week lay-off as a substitute for Eden Hazard with 10 minutes remaining.

Greetings: Chelsea players would have felt right at home

Greetings: Chelsea players would have felt right at home

Hello geezers: David Luiz gives the fans the thumbs up sign

Hello geezers: David Luiz gives the fans the thumbs up sign

He told Chelsea TV: 'I felt fine. I had to be careful this time because of a recurrence I had last time, and even though I have been desperate to get back, I have been putting in the hours in the gym to make sure it's got a strong base.

'From now, I should be fit, touch wood. It's all good with it.'

Chelsea players and staff boarded their flight to the Far East after the game.

In uniform: Ramires and Paulo Ferreira

In uniform: Ramires and Paulo Ferreira

Monterrey set up the Yokahoma semi-final clash by beating South
Korea's Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 this morning.

Argentine striker Cesar Delgado, formerly of Lyon, struck twice after Jesus Corona opened the scoring early on.

The Asian champions managed to get on the scoresheet two minutes from time with Lee Keun-ho firing home from distance.

Opener: Monterrey's Jesus Corona wheels away after scoring

Opener: Monterrey's Jesus Corona wheels away after scoring

At the double: Cesar Delgado struck twice to set up a semi-final clash with Chelsea

At the double: Cesar Delgado struck twice to set up a semi-final clash with Chelsea

Benitez knows the Club World Cup
tournament well having taken Liverpool to the final in 2005 and won it
with Inter Milan five years later.

He said: 'It's important always to have these opportunities to win any trophy, and especially a trophy like this one.

'We played the final in Japan in
2005, we won two years ago. It was a great experience for me and
hopefully it will be a great experience for our players.

Dispatched: Torres stroked home his penalty with style

Dispatched: Torres stroked home his penalty with style

'It will be a fantastic experience.
Yes, we are concerned because we know it will be very difficult, but we
are working very hard trying to organise everything properly.

'Maybe it will not be ideal because
you don't have too much time and you have to go and you have to play a
game in three days' time.

'But we will try to do our best,
obviously. It's not easy. The doctor and the fitness coaches are a
little bit crazy now, but we will try to do our best.'

Goal-line technology: Hawk-Eye claim to have edge on GoalRef

Hawk-Eye claim to have the edge on goal-line technology rivals GoalRef

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 8 December 2012

The head of the company which makes the Hawk-Eye system – one of two goal-line technology systems being used at the Club World Cup – says experience gives the product an edge over the competition.

Hawk-Eye is already used for tracking balls in tennis and cricket. For football, its system uses seven high-speed cameras set up at different angles at each goal to calculate whether the ball has crossed the goal-line or not.

Info: The Hawk-Eye system tells the referee if the ball has crossed the line thanks to cameras like this (below)

Info: The Hawk-Eye system tells the referee if the ball has crossed the line thanks to cameras like this (below)

On the look out: A Hawk-Eye camera

On the look out: A Hawk-Eye camera

It is being used for Club World Cup games at Toyota Stadium, while GoalRef, a magnetic-field-based system developed by German company Fraunhofer, will be deployed at Yokohama Stadium.

'Our experience that we have
consistently delivered over the years makes us a brand that people can
trust,' Hawk-Eye managing director Stephen Carter said on Saturday. 'Our
system has been installed in more than 230 stadiums worldwide over a
period of 12 years.'

Talk: Stephen Carter, managing director of Hawk-Eye, explains the goal-line technology

Talk: Stephen Carter, managing director of Hawk-Eye, explains the goal-line technology

Demonstration: A FIFA official shows off the equipment

Demonstration: A FIFA official shows off the equipment

Another advantage of Hawk-Eye, Carter
says, is that it doesn't interfere with the field of play. GoalRef uses
magnetic sensors in the goal posts and the crossbar to track a special
ball.

'We don't need to interfere with the field of play in any way,' Carter said. 'It's a totally passive system.'

The competition: GoalRef technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

The competition: GoalRef technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

GoalRef sensors are set up in the goal

GoalRef uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal

Like GoalRef, the technology of Hawk-Eye can allow an outcome to be delivered within one second.

Before each match, officials will test
the system is working in both goals. The referee will continue to have
full autonomy in making any final decision during the match, using
goal-line technology as an additional aid.

The data from the Club World Cup will
be used to help FIFA decide, by the end of March, which technology it
will use for the six venues at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Now all the tournament needs is a controversial goal.

'It would be nice to have a phantom
goal at some point in the tournament so we can prove how well our system
works,' Carter said.

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal in the first match in which the technology has been used

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal in the first match in which the technology has been used

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

FIFA decided to introduce both systems
after they won 'unanimous' support from the International Football
Association Board panel. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was a member of the
IFAB panel.

Blatter was initially opposed to the
idea of using goal-line technology but changed his stance two years ago
when he saw England denied a clear goal by midfielder Frank Lampard
against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Two days later, Blatter said FIFA must
reopen the debate, though insisted it must involve only goal-line
decisions. Video replay remains off limits for judgment calls, such as
penalties or offside.

Goal-line technology tested at Club World Cup match Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Auckland City

Goal-line technology tested in a match for the first time at Club World Cup (shame that absolutely nothing exciting happened then!)

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14:23 GMT, 6 December 2012

The opening match of the Club World Cup between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City may not have set the pulses racing, but it marked the first time FIFA has employed goal-line technology during a match.

The magnetic-field-based system GoalRef was used in Yokohama, while the matches at Toyota Stadium will be equipped with the camera-based Hawk-Eye system.

I spy: Goal-line technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

I spy: Goal-line technology was used for the first time during the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama on Thursday

GoalRef sensors are set up in the goal

GoalRef uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal

The ninth Club World Cup features the champions from FIFA's six confederations, plus a team from the host nation. Champions League winners Chelsea and Copa Libertadoes champions Corinthians have a bye into the semi-finals.

Toshihiro Aoyama scored a second-half
goal on Thursday to help J-League champions Hiroshima beat
Auckland 1-0 in the opening match.

Aoyama scored in the 66th minute with
a hard shot from 20 yards. Ryota Moriwaki nearly doubled Sanfrecce's
advantage in the 85th with a shot that hit the crossbar.

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal

Matchwinner: Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama (second left) celebrates scoring the only goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Back of the net: Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams (right) reacts after Hiroshima's goal

Shame it's come too late for these blatant gaffes…

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Over the line: Frank Lampard's shot against Germany crossed the line but it was not given at the 2010 World Cup finals

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it

Embarrassing: Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll dropped Pedro Mendes' 45-yard punt over the line but the ref didn't spot it