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Apr 9, 2013

Prem set to approve goal-line technology

The Premier League is set to approve goal-line technology (GLT) for the 2013-14 season this week, according to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

FIFA, having successfully trialled GLT at the 2012 Club World Cup, announced in February that it had approved its use for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup. Last week, it selected GoalControl - a camera-based, ball-tracking system - as its preferred provider to supply the technology for this summer's tournament in Brazil.

The FA has been a keen supporter of GLT, having already trialled the Hawk-Eye system during England's friendly with Belgium at Wembley last year, and Horne fully expects technology to be utilised in the English top flight.

"I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game," Horne said. "The [Premier League] club meeting is on Thursday so I'm expecting it to go through at that meeting."

GoalControl owner Dirk Broichhausen has estimated that his system will cost in the region of £170,000 to install per stadium, and around £2,500 to operate in each match. However, the Premier League could opt for another system, with Hawk-Eye, GoalRef and Cairos offering alternatives.

In July last year, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) - which is made up of representatives of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FAs plus FIFA and determines the Laws of the Game - approved the use of GLT.

At that time, the Premier League said in a statement: "The Premier League has been a long-term advocate of goal-line technology. We welcome today's decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible."

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