Goal-line technology (GLT) is set to feature at the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time as a support for match officials, after FIFA confirmed last year the appointment of GoalControl GmbH as the official GLT provider for the tournament.
The installation and testing of the GoalControl system in each of the 12 stadiums is one of the key tasks leading up to Brazil 2014. As this continues, FIFA gives fans an inside look into the process with FIFA-accredited test institute Labosport Ltd. recently testing GoalControl at the iconic Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
This video shows the variety of tests conducted in different conditions to determine the system’s accuracy and evaluate its robustness.
Hear also from GoalControl’s managing director Jurgen Philipps and Labosport engineer Josh Richards to find out more about these tests, which ensure the system reaches the FIFA QUALITY PRO level required by the Laws of the Game.
GoalControl is equipped with 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, with seven cameras focusing on each goalmouth. The ball’s position is continuously and automatically captured in 3D and the indication of whether a goal has been scored is immediately confirmed within one second to a watch worn by each of the match officials.
The Germany-based company won a tender process in April 2013, with confirmation for Brazil 2014 being subject to the system’s performance during the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013.
While there were no goal-line incidents in which the technology was required to determine whether a goal had been scored, the system met all necessary FIFA requirements and indicated every one of the 68 goals correctly during the FIFA Confederations Cup. Importantly, there was also a high-level of satisfaction reported by match officials.
The GoalControl system was also successfully implemented at the recent FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in December after winning a separate tender process.