Goal-line technology to be tested in England's friendly with Belgium

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor

 

 

Frank Lampard's effort for England against Germany (pictured) in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa crosses the line but no goal is awarded

 

 

Goal-line technology will be tested and trialled at Wembley Stadium when England host Belgium in an international friendly on 2nd June.

Camera-based system Hawk-Eye will be used by independent testers during England's final warm-up game before the European championship finals in Poland & Ukraine starting a week later. However, the match officials will have no access to data while the trial will have no impact on any contentious goal-line decisions. The first live test of Hawk-Eye's system was conducted earlier this month in the Hampshire Senior Cup final at Southampton's St Mary's stadium. 

Calls for goal-line technology have become louder with contentious decisions affecting a number of high profile games last season. Chelsea's Juan Mata was awarded a goal that had not crossed the line in his side's 5-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham in April. In the Premier League in March, QPR defender Clint Hill's header was clawed back into play via the crossbar from two feet behind the line by Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan during their 2-1 defeat at the Reebok Stadium. In addition, it had initially appeared that Andy Carroll's header in the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool earlier this month had crossed the line.

Another notoriously controversial decision at Wembley came during the 1966 World Cup final when Sir Geoff Hurst's shot was ruled to have crossed the West German goal-line when it clearly had not.

FIFA, the Football Association and Hawk-Eye have conversed for many weeks and have decided to experiment goal-technology in an England international. England's match, with an expected sell-out crowd of over 85,000 fans attending, has been chosen as the ideal venue to test the method. Fifa's independent appointed testing body- Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)- will conduct further tests after Roy Hodgson's first Wembley game in charge of England, and again the following day. 

The six cameras per goal that Hawk-Eye require to test are due to be installed at Wembley over the course of next week. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved two companies- Hawk-Eye and GoalRef- to take part in the second phase of goal-line technology testing back in March. IFAB are due to make a final decision on the introduction of goal-line technology in early July ahead of the new 2012-13 season while Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has hinted that technology could be introduced mid-season.

GoalRef is also currently undergoing tests with Denmark's friendly against Australia in Copenhagen, on the same day as England's match with Belgium, being considered to have a live evaluation. The expectation is that one or both systems under review will gain approval barring any late mishaps. If that happens, any league or competition will be free to introduce the systems if they wish.

Despite the Premier League's long-term backing for its introduction, the likelihood of a new system being fitted in all 20 top-flight stadiums in time for the beginning of next campaign is slim. The German, Swiss and Dutch leagues are also thought to have expressed an interest in adopting the technology. Fifa's Club World Cup competition in the winter held in Japan involving newly crowned Champions League winners Chelsea could also feature one of the approved systems.


Click here to watch as Hawk Eye's goal-line technoloy is put to the test

Click here to listen to Richard Scudamore's interview regarding goal-line technology

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