Soccer to Test Goal Line Technology
The international governing body of soccer, FIFA has announced that goal line technology would be tested at a friendly match between Belgium and host England June 2. The technology is known as Hawkeye System and will be installed this week in England’s national stadium, Wembley. The game will also be the first for new national team manager Roy Hodgson for England.
The referee who will be in charge of the match will not be aware of the system’s results, as the only people monitoring the system will be scientists testing out its capabilities. If the system tests out successfully, the approval of its use is expected to be announced in early July. The system was tested previously during a Senior Cup final for Hampshire FA at St. Mary’s stadium, home of Southampton on May 16.
GoalRef, another system is being tested in the Super League in Denmark. All of the tests being conducted are being monitored by EMPA officials, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.
A statement was released by FIFA that said, “These tests could help lead the International Football Board to approve the start of goal line technology during its July special meeting.”
The only people with access to the systems readings will be EMPA officials and representatives from FIFA and IFAB. Therefore, if s goal line incident should occur at any of the different test matches, the match officials will utilize the system to get results. It means nothing will influence the outcome of these test matches in which the new system is being trialed.