February 19, 2013

2014 World Cup Will Use Goal-Line Tech: FIFA has agreed to use goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Two different systems have been tested: Goalref, which employs magnetic sensors to determine whether the ball crossed, and Hawkeye, which relies on cameras. Frank Lampard and Geoff Hurst had no comment.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:29 PM - 7 comments

All I could think as I read this was "one year until the World Cup! One year until the World Cup!" If I could say only one thing to my younger self, it would be "don't wait until 2006 to start obsessing over the World Cup."

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on February 19

But won't the fabric of the game be torn asunder if there is something done at the World Cup that cannot be done at a Sunday league game on the village green?

posted by holden at 09:05 PM on February 19

I'm taking bets that it will be installed, but there will be no incidents where it is called in to help adjudicate. Disputed line calls are extremely rare events.

The goal line officials in the Champions League matches must be among the most bored people in the universe. Have any of them been involved so far this season?

posted by owlhouse at 10:16 PM on February 19

holden, what say you and I pick a rainy Tuesday in Stoke to get together and thrash this out?

posted by yerfatma at 10:18 PM on February 19

Go with the magnetic equipment; it should work like a full-body scanner used when people walk in buildings. To my knowledge, Hawkeye is only based on specific areas, such as lines. One would need to pack the crossbar and posts with cameras to accomplish this.

posted by jjzucal at 02:25 PM on February 20

yerfatma -- if even Leo Messi could not hack it on a wet Tuesday in Stoke, how would I even have a chance? Now, the English Leo Messi, Joe Cole -- that's another story.

owlhouse -- the goal line official on the Celtic end of the first leg tie against Juve missed a goal -- Matri scored but the official did nothing. It just so happened that Marchisio hammered home the clearance, so it was a non-issue.

posted by holden at 09:25 PM on February 20

A third company's system is also being considered. CAIROS has been working on this for a long time and was the subject of this SportsFilter post from 2002.

posted by Steve-o at 03:10 AM on February 26

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