Goal-line technology was successfully used during all 64 matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. The camera-based system provided by GoalControl and tested according to the existing FIFA manual by Labosport made history by being the first to be implemented during the senior World Cup. Besides being decisive in the awarding of a goal during the match between France and Honduras, it assisted the match officials in making close calls on several further occasions.
Most notably, the technology was able to assist the referee in the awarding of the goal scored by Bryan Ruiz for Costa Rica against Italy, which brought back memories of Frank Lampard’s shot from 2010. GLT was in use throughout the extra-time periods and penalty shoot-outs, including the widely publicised penalty by Dutch defender Ron Vlaar in the semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina. The system would have alerted the referee if Vlaar’s shot had crossed the line, even though in the end it did not matter since the penalty was already completed when the ball skimmed off the player’s shoulder after the goalkeeper had made the save.
In addition, spectators in the stadium and watching on TV were also able to witness the benefits of the technology as replays of critical incidents were shown to give visual confirmation of the “goal” or “no goal” situation on seven further occasions.
The technology, which had already been used in three previous FIFA competitions, once again proved itself on the biggest stage of all.