The FIFA Club World Cup 2013 kicked off in Morocco on 11 December with the opening match between Raja Casablanca and Auckland FC ending 2-1. The referee from Gambia was once again assisted by goal-line technology. The same technology will be available for the refereeing teams during all of the competition’s matches.
In the weeks building up to the tournament, GoalControl installed its camera-based system in both venues in Marrakech and Agadir, and the installations were then tested in compliance with the Laws of the Game. The final installation tests, as defined by the FIFA Quality Programme for Goal-Line Technology, were carried out by the FIFA-accredited Scotland-based test institute Sports Labs, and confirmed that the system to be used in the tournament is both reliable and accurate.
In addition, all spectators – both in the stadium and watching on television – will be shown replays of goal-line incidents in order to provide visual confirmation of whether or not a goal has been scored.