FIFA decide on goal-line tech

Football overlords FIFA have chosen GoalControl goal-line tech system for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It will be used initially at the Confederations Cup in June. FIFA chose the German camera-based, ball-tracking system over three others: GoalRef and Cairos, which both use magnetic fields; and Hawk-Eye, another camera system which became well known through its use on the tennis circuit.

GoalControl was the last of the four to enter the contest, becoming licensed last month. FIFA says its contract with GoalControl for the World Cup can be reviewed if there are problems at the 16-match Confederations Cup.

Soccer's rule-making panel approved goal-line technology last July.

Interestingly, Uefa president Michel Platini recently said goal-line technology is too expensive for use in the Champions League. Platini said he would rather the money was spent on youth football.

"I prefer to put more money into youth football and infrastructure than spend it on technology when there's a goal in a blue moon that hasn't been seen by a referee," he said.

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