Calls to introduce goal-line technology (GLT) have grown louder in recent seasons following a number of high-profile incidents, most notably the non-awarding of a goal after Frank Lampard’s shot crossed the line in the match between England and Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Bloemfontein. This incident in particular triggered the IFAB to reconsider the introduction of goal-line technology in the Laws of the Game, a decision that was formalised at the IFAB’s Annual Business Meeting in October 2010.
The objective of goal-line technology is not to replace the role of the officials, but rather to support them in their decision-making. The technology must provide a clear indication as to whether the ball has fully crossed the line, and this information serves the referee in taking his final decision.
The test criteria for goal-line technology systems are based on the following requirements set by the IFAB: